Britain's welfare state, one of the greatest achievements of our post-war reconstruction, was regarded as the cornerstone of modern society. Today, that cornerstone is wilfully being dismantled by a succession of governments, with horrifying consequences. The establishment paints pictures of so-called 'benefit scroungers', the disabled, the sickly and the old.
In Cut Out: Living Without Welfare, Jeremy Seabrook speaks to people whose support from the state - for whatever reason - is now being withdrawn, rendering their lives unsustainable. In turns disturbing, eye-opening, and ultimately humanistic, these accounts reveal the reality behind the headlines, and the true nature of British politics today.
Published in partnership with the Left Book Club.
Jeremy Seabrook is a journalist and writer. He has written for the New Statesman, Guardian, Times and Independent. He writes plays for stage and TV and is the author of numerous books including Pauperland (Hurst, 2013), The Song of the Shirt (Hurst, 2015) and Cut Out (Pluto, 2016).
1. Introduction 2. Welfare Cuts: the wider context 3. Being there; a sense of place 4 The fall of industrial male labour 5. Benefit Fraud 6. A Fate Foretold 7. Sheltered accommodation 8. Zubeida 9. Azma 10. Kareema 11. Born at the wrong time 12. Abigail 13. Adele and Clifford 14. Zero Hours: Graham Chinnery 15. Andrea 16. Carl Hendricks 17. Arif Hossein 18. The idea of Reform 19. People with Disability 20. Amanda 21. Survival: Belfort 22. In the Benefits Labyrinth; Lorraine 23. Jayne Durham 24. Paula 25. Violence against Women 26. Faraji 27. `Doing the Right Thing' 28. Grace and Richard 29. `It Can Happen to Anyone' 30. Andrew 31. Lazy Categories 32. The secret world of `welfare' 33. Self-Employment as a Refuge 34. Joshua Ademola 35. The right thing and the wrong result: Dayanne 36. The roots of alienation 37. Imran Noorzai 38. Farida; the duty of young women 39. Welfare and Mental Health 40. Alison: the loneliness of being on benefit 41. Kenneth 42. Marie Fullerton 43. Gus: A Picaresque Life 44. Stolen Identities: epitaph for a working class 45. Conclusion