Getting by a year in the life of 30 families

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. Download the report below   You can download the report directly by clicking...

Getting BY? Interviews underway

The Getting By? research team has completed the first ten interviews with households taking part in the year-long initiative. More than 20 families from across Liverpool have now been recruited, with volunteers from a range of ethnic backgrounds, public and private sector workers, single parents and couples raising children. Fuel poverty is already being highlighted as a major issue amongst Getting By? families, with limits on energy price increases appearing to have little effect. Getting By? co-founder Paul Kyprianou added: “We’re already seeing a range of problems being identified with families having to make hard decisions and changes to benefits clearly impacting on people...

30 Families to show reality of “Getting By”

A search is underway for 30 Liverpool families to take part in landmark study charting the struggles facing low income households in 21st Century Britain. The Getting By? project will reveal the pressures faced by thousands of low income households coping with everything from wage freezes and welfare cuts to spiraling energy costs and unmask the realities hidden behind government employment statistics. The project will document the spending of 30 low income families over 12 months and ultimately aims to influence political debate ahead of the 2015 general election by highlighting the stark spending choices faced by working households. Paul Kyprianou, of Getting By?: “Rising employment statistics mask a struggle faced by thousands of low income working families as benefits shrink and the cost of basic necessities goes up. “Getting By? is about shining a spotlight on the realities faced by families subsisting on the living wage; telling their stories and documenting the pressures they are under.” Families taking part will be asked to keep records of their household spending for a year and take part in a series of interviews with Getting By? researchers. The themes that emerge from their ‘stories’ will be highlighted on the website, with a platform  for public debate, and through a book gathering together the families’ responses that will be published at the end of the project. The project is looking for volunteer households with at least one member either in part-time, or full-time employment, temporary or permanent and who is also on a low wage (at or below the ‘living wage’ rate of £7.65 an hour). They will be a mix of...