This study contrasts policy assumptions about work and worklessness with the personal experiences of residents living in deprived neighbourhoods.
Recent policy debate has centred on a number of claims about why people do not have jobs and the benefits of employment for individual and family life. This report draws on detailed interviews with residents in deprived neighbourhoods across Britain to reflect on the validity of these assumptions at a time of recession and far-reaching welfare reform. Four key themes are explored:
A supporting film - 'Lucky to have a job' - is also available that illustrates issues from the community's perspective in the Welsh town of Amlwch.