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Case studies

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These case studies are the real words of real people in London who are living in poverty. We hope that they help to bring to life the statistics on this website.

In the short films, people's real words are spoken by actors.

These case studies were collected by Christine Bacon at iceandfire

Case study: John and Karen

John and Karen are a married couple of Irish heritage with six children (under the age of 20). John is working on a low income as a special needs teacher's assistant. Despite having the working tax credit and living... More...

Case study: David

David is a 30-year-old graduate who has been unemployed for over a year. His real words are spoken by an actor in a film produced by iceandfire... More...

Case study: Tania

Tania is a 26 year old lone parent living on benefits. Her real words are spoken by an actor in a film produced by iceandfire... More...

Case study: Bernadette

Bernadette is a 73 year old widow who struggles to get by on her pension entitlement. Her real words are spoken by an actor in a film produced by iceandfire... More...

Case study: Sophia

Sophia is originally from Zambia and moved to the UK as a teenager. She is now a lone parent of three and a full-time student. She was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1996. Before I was diagnosed, I was working... More...

Case study: Andrew

Andrew is 58 and has lived in London all his life. He has been homeless since his mid 40s after being conned when attempting to sell his family home after the death of his mother. He now lives in sheltered... More...

Case study: Laura

Laura, aged 48, has lived in London most of her life. She worked in low-skilled jobs until becoming a mother. With no support from the father, she found it difficult to cope. Her real words are spoken by an... More...

Case study: Daniel

Daniel, aged 59 grew up in Cornwall. For a number of years he was in the RAF, later becoming a lorry driver. He divorced after 23 years of marriage and ended up homeless in London. His real words are... More...

Case study: Samitha

Samitha is a 25 year-old Bangladeshi mother of three, who came to London at the age of 16. In Bangladesh, I had a happy life. Before I came here, I thought I could learn how to speak English, and I... More...

Case study: Zara

Zara is a 20 year old British citizen who grew up in north-west London. Despite living in a poor and violent household and being kicked out of home at 15, she managed to excel academically and is now attending university.... More...

Case study: Rudi

Rudi, aged 53, is a German citizen who spent most of his life in the USA. After a series of convictions, he was deported to Germany, and came to the UK in 2004. I've been on drugs and in and... More...

Case study: 'Amina'

'Amina' is a 51 year old Somali lone parent and has lived in London for 22 years. She has seven children including a disabled daughter. My husband died many years ago in a car accident. My daughter was also in... More...

Case study: Kenan

Kenan is a Turkish man, aged 49, and has lived in London since 2000. Following a three-year prison sentence for his political activity and constant police harassment, he left Turkey and claimed asylum in the UK but was refused. My... More...

Case study: Daryl

Daryl, a British citizen aged 53, spent most of his life in the USA. He returned to the UK in 2006 after a divorce. He worked as a truck driver in the USA and ran a cleaning business. When I... More...

Case study: 'Thompson'

'Thompson' is a 53 year old man from Ecuador who has been working as a cleaner in London without legal papers since 2000. He left Ecuador in 1999 when the economy collapsed and there was massive unemployment. I am a... More...

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