Austerity, a response to the aftermath of the financial crisis, continues to devastate contemporary Britain. Economist Annie Miller, academic Vickie Cooper and researcher Ruth Patrick are three of Britain’s leading, and most incisive minds on social policy.
Annie Miller, in A Basic Income Handbook exhaustively examines and explains what basic income is and how to implement it, using extensive economic data to back up her conclusions. In For Whose Benefit? Ruth Patrick investigates the day to day lives of those on benefits, and how the political attitude to those on welfare reflects, or doesn’t reflect, reality. Annie and Ruth are joined by Vickie Cooper, editor of the shocking exposé of how austerity harms people in the United Kingdom The Violence of Austerity.
Though each of these three authors approach questions of economic inequality and neglect from different angles, they reach the common conclusion that the current status quo of British economic politics is damaging to an overwhelming number of its people. Together, they will discuss what needs to change to develop a society that works on an economic level without hurting those who are in most need of help.