Getting By? voices the experiences over a year of thirty Liverpool families where one or both parents were in low paid employment. Through weekly spending diaries tracking their income and expenses and regular in-depth interviews, they revealed the challenges they faced in their daily lives during 2014, as they sought to manage the impact of low income on their finances, health and well-being, social and family lives. They are typical of many other families, not just in Liverpool, but across Britain. These are families trying to get by on incomes below the Minimum Income Standard (MIS)2 – the rate deemed by the public in 2014 to be the minimum necessary to achieve an acceptable standard of living. They are the families experiencing the reality of austerity Britain at the sharp end.
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