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$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin

By Kathryn J. Edin

A revelatory account of poverty in the US so deep that we, as a rustic, don’t imagine it exists

Jessica Compton’s relatives of 4 may don't have any funds source of revenue except she donated plasma two times per week at her neighborhood donation middle in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago frequently don't have any meals yet spoiled milk on weekends.

After twenty years of terrific examine on American poverty, Kathryn Edin spotted anything she hadn’t noticeable because the mid-1990s — families surviving on nearly no source of revenue. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, knowledgeable on calculating earning of the negative, to find that the variety of American households residing on $2.00 consistent with individual, in keeping with day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American families, together with approximately three million childrens.

Where do those households dwell? How did they get so desperately negative? Edin has “turned sociology upside down” (Mother Jones) together with her procurement of wealthy — and fair — interviews. in the course of the book’s many compelling profiles, relocating and startling solutions emerge.

The authors remove darkness from a troubling pattern: a low-wage exertions marketplace that more and more fails to convey a dwelling salary, and a turning out to be yet hidden panorama of survival techniques between America’s severe negative. greater than a strong exposé, $2.00 an afternoon offers new proof and new rules to our nationwide debate on source of revenue inequality.

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Glasby, J. (2004) Direct payments and people with learning difficulties:West Midlands Regional Support Network (internet summary): Meeting 2-17 September 2003, Notes from a regional network commissioned by the Valuing People Support Team. Glasby, J. and Hasler, F. (2004) A healthy option? Direct payments and the implications for health care, Birmingham/London: Health Services Management Centre/National Centre for Independent Living. Glasby, J. and Littlechild, R. (2002) Social work and direct payments, Bristol: The Policy Press.

See Hasler in Chapter 11,‘The Direct Payments Development Fund’, for more details. Elsewhere in the UK, in Northern Ireland support has been centred around the work of the Centre for Independent Living (CIL), which to date has received funds from the Eastern and Southern Boards to 36 Direct payments in Scotland undertake these roles in HSS. In Wales, limited funds for support have been targeted at local authorities rather than organisations themselves. In Scotland, the approach also differs. Unlike the Development Fund model and/or targeting funds at local authorities or the HSS or other organisational groups, the focus on increasing information access and service support has been made through the establishment of Direct Payments Scotland (DPS) in 2001.

In July 2000, the Carers and Disabled Children Act extended the range of people to whom direct payments could be paid, to include carers (including 16- and 17-year-old carers) for services that meet assessed needs, people with parental responsibility for disabled children for services to the family, and 16- and 17-year-old disabled children for services that meet their own assessed needs. In an attempt to encourage people from these new groups to access direct payments and to increase the number of people generally receiving direct payments, the government launched a £9 million Direct Payments Development Fund in 2003.

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