What is life like for families who are stuck in problem debt? Why do they fall into a spiral of debt in the first place, and why is it so hard to escape?
The first hand stories in this book offer a unique understanding of life for families and children fighting a daily battle against poverty and debt. They give voice to some of the most underrepresented people in society, who are too often portrayed cruelly in the media and elsewhere.
Drawing on research data collected through The Children's Society's campaign The Debt Trap, this book explores the causes, implications and impacts of problem debt, challenges pejorative public attitudes and encourages more compassionate policy-making to help families escape poverty and debt.
PART 1: FALLING;
Luxuries and Necessities;
The Elephant in the Room;
PART 2: COPING;
Keeping up Appearances;
The role of a child;
The Tyranny of the Small Things;
Plates and Chainsaws;
The cost of support;
There go the Dreams;
And Still They Rise;
“A powerful and compelling account of family life in the context of problem debt. Required reading for people studying, working with, and most importantly making policies affecting low-income families.“ Gill Main, University of Leeds