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Tuesday, 16th September 2014

UK: Hollow Promise: How London Fails People on Modest Incomes and What Should be Done about it

Source: Centre for London (UK)

From the Introduction:

The 1980s in London was defined for many by the rise of the Yuppies: young, aspirational, affluent and flash. London now has a tellingly different emerging group within its middle class: the Endies. They are Employed, but have No Disposable Income or Savings. In contrast to the Yuppies who were proudly ostentatious, the Endies live quiet and modest lives largely hidden from view for a simple reason: most of the time they cannot afford to go out. Life is an endless treadmill of work, commuting and recovering at home, often with the Internet for company and little other respite.

We define the Endies – London’s modest, lower‐middle‐income earners – as individuals and single parents earning between £20,000 and £33,000 and couples with dependent children earning as a household between £25,000 and £43,000. Around 20% of Londoners fall into this category. Many families in London earning more than this have felt squeezed since 2008. But the Endies are not just squeezed, they are trapped: they cannot see how to build up assets in London while earning incomes which each month barely cover getting to work and the essentials of life.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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