A Year Like No Other: Family Life on a Low Income in Covid-19

Ruth Patrick, Maddy Power, Kayleigh Garthwaite, Jim Kaufman, Geoff Page, Katie Pybus

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Money was already tight for UK families living on a low income before the COVID-19 pandemic, but national lockdowns made life much harder.

Telling the stories of these families, this book exposes the ways that pre-existing inequalities, insecurities and hardships were amplified during the pandemic for families who were already in poverty before COVID-19, as well as those pushed into poverty by the economic fallout it created.

Drawing on the Covid Realities research programme, and developed in partnership with parents and carers, it explores experiences of home-schooling, social security receipt and government, community and charitable support. This book sets out all that is wrong with the status quo, while also offering a powerful agenda for change.

Also see ‘COVID-19 Collaborations: Researching Poverty and Low-Income Family Life during the Pandemic’ (Open Access) to find out more about the challenges of carrying out research during COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)9781447364719, 9781447364702
ISBN (Print)9781447364696
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Poverty
  • Families
  • Pandemic
  • low-income
  • social security
  • food banks


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