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"Social death - the impact of austerity and poverty"

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Portcullis House, Attlee Suite,

1 Parliament St, Westminster, London

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Debbie Abrahams MP will chair this seminar.

Our purpose is to place on record well sourced and tragic impacts of austerity and poverty at the seminar and then by posting the speakers texts on our website and advertising the posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Homeless deaths on the streets in freezing weather, suicide under pressure of mounting debts & low/no income, infant deaths rising of the babies of poor mothers are reasons why we convene this seminar to get the facts about current austerity & poverty collated and on record.

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Professor Danny Dorling, Oxford University

Dr Faiza Shaheen, CLASS think tank

Dr Chris Grover, Lancaster University

​Professor David Taylor-Robinson​, Liverpool University.


Harsh reality of life and death on the street below dreaming spires

The Guardian letters page 4th February 2019.

The death of Sharron Maasz, though the subject of a coroner’s inquest, would probably otherwise have passed unnoticed. I knew Sharron well. I taught her when I was head of her middle school. Her father, a single parent, was a friend and was for a number of years a governor. Sharron was a bright, lively and sensitive girl. She was a keen cyclist and an all-round athlete. This may be her only obituary.

She is quoted as saying: “I just want to get my life sorted … I always wanted to get clean.”

She didn’t get sorted or clean. Instead, she died in a short-term home, a last refuge provided for those in desperate need. She had been living alone on the freezing streets of our leading university city.

I do not have solutions. I only know that the dreams that Sharron, a lovely child, had until her death, have perished in the wreckage of an austerity programme that has literally killed her and her like.
Roger Pepworth
Headteacher, Marston middle school, Oxford 1983-1991

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