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James Bloodworth – Cambridge Literary Festival
November 25, 2018
Britain’s welfare state is being doggedly dismantled by politicians intent on a culture of individualism.
Social housing stock is dwindling rapidly. Workers’ rights are being aggressively eroded by the ‘gig economy’. But it doesn’t have to be this way. New Statesman editor Jason Cowley chairs a panel of seriously informed social commentators: social activist Hilary Cottam, who focuses on community and collaboration; Dawn Foster, who writes widely on housing for the Guardian; and survivor of a series of low-wage jobs James Bloodworth, whose debut book Hired exposes the soul-eroding drudgery of working at the bottom of the employment ladder. They’ll discuss what’s going wrong with social policy in Britain today – and propose some radical solutions.