Managing to get by

Poverty is increasing in our area.

More people than ever are affected by rising prices, government cuts and unemployment.

These are problems for the whole of society.

But often, people experiencing poverty are abused by politicians and in the media with terms like ‘skivers’, ‘scroungers’, ‘chavs’ and ‘underclass’.

In these tough economic times, this paper can play an important role by using appropriate language.

Your readers include people who are experiencing poverty.

They need to be participants rather than objects.

Let’s celebrate the tenacity and resilience of people who manage to get by.

Brian O’Donovan

Hawthorn Close