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Stigma against benefits has made devastating poverty acceptable in Britain

By Imogen Tyler, Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
Britain is in a poverty crisis. Over 14 million people (one in five) are living in poverty. Of these, 4 million, including 1 million children, are classed as destitute: regularly unable to meet basic needs for shelter, warmth, food and clothing.

Cuts to the welfare state over the last decade have contributed to a

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