‘Austerity’s Victims’ – Neil Carpenter

Date: Tuesday, 25 January 2022 19:30

Venue: The B-Bar, Barbican Theatre.

Neil will talk about his book, ‘Austerity’s Victims’, which is based on his work as a volunteer advocate for Cornwall Advocacy. Its aim is to show how adults with a learning disability have been affected by UK government austerity measures since 2010 and to bring their situation into the open. It concentrates on five men in Cornwall with a learning disability, precisely comparing their income and spending with national and county averages so that the extent to which they have been left behind becomes clear.

As well as living in relative poverty, they all have had their support hours at home or their day centre attendance cut. When the book was published, two of the five men had experienced cuts to their benefits. More intangible but equally important, most of them lack the friends that many of us may take for granted and so loneliness is a real problem.

Neil will also look at how problems with benefits have worsened since the book’s publication.

Copies of the book will be available for sale after the talk.

This event is free and all are welcome, although we do ask for a voluntary contribution to help cover speakers' costs.


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