Three documentaries on poverty in the United Kingdom – Impoverished Britain takes a look at the ironically named Newtown in Birmingham back in the 1980s, while Perfect Storm brings things up to the present day and examines the riots of 2011, the response to which made it all too clear how misconceptions and simplistic answers dominated people’s thinking. These are the communities forgotten by politicians and derided by the media as “scroungers” – the reality is that they haven’t created these conditions; they arise from circumstances beyond their control, not least concerted efforts to drive down wages and the destruction of industries relied upon for employment, as shown in VICE’s Swansea: A Love Story.
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