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Faith in the Poor Britain's poor reveal what it's really like to be 'socially excluded' Bob Holman

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23rd July 1999
224 pages: 216mm x 138mm

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In this powerful book presented by highly respected author Bob Holman, seven individuals who experience poverty on a daily basis are given the opportunity to record what it's like. The result is a shocking exposee which demonstrates the largely underestimated gap between rich and poor in Britain today, and in which Bob Holman presents a case for involving poor people in the political decision making which affects their lives.
Contents 1. Condemning the Poor: the poor receive little sympathy from right-wing quarters, but even liberals do not believe the poor can argue for themselves. 2. Poor Writing: writers include Donna, 22, with a partner and three children; Penny, 30s, three children, victim of violence and constant re-housing; Carol, raped as a child, her own child taken into care, now stably married. 3. Implications for Policy and Practice: understanding poverty, poverty and social problems, social work practice, neighbourhood support, churches, social policy
BOB HOLMAN worked as a social worker before becoming a professor of social administration. He then spent 20 years living in poor housing estates, latterly Easterhouse in Glasgow, supporting the poor in practical ways. Driven by his Christian faith, he continued to campaign for the poor until his death in 2016. His books included A New Deal for Social Welfare, Children and Crime, and biographies of Keir Hardie and Woodbine Willie.

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