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Life on the Breadline Project

These are resources from the Life on the Breadline project.  From 2018-2021 we will be producing more resources including animated videos on faith and poverty, reports, policy documents, and resources for churches and groups responding to poverty.

The Violence of Poverty: Theology and Activism in an “Age of Austerity” – Chris Shannahan

Project Principal Investigator, Chris Shannahan, has published a paper in the journal Political Theology.  Click here to access the journal, or contact Chris for a copy of the paper.

Life on the Breadline project featured in the Church Times

On 23rd November 2018, the Life on the Breadline project was featured in the Church Times with the headline ‘Academics to analyse link between Christian theology and poverty activism in UK’.  Click here to read the news item.

Life on the Breadline blog for Church Action on Poverty

Research Fellow, Stephanie Denning, has written a blog post for the Life on the Breadline project partner, Church Action on Poverty.  She highlights recent project news in the post, including the newly updated austerity timeline available further down on this page.

Life on the Breadline project on Sunday Programme for Radio 4

On 18th November 2018, Chris Shannahan was interviewed about the Life on the Breadline project BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sunday Programme’.  You can listen to eht item from 16 minutes, 30 seconds into the Programme by clicking on the link above.

National Poverty Consultation with Church Action on Poverty – 8-9th November 2018

The Life on the Breadline project team launched the project nationally at the National Poverty Consultation in Manchester in November 2018. Click audio on the images below to see the team’s slides and recordings from the event.  During the event the team led an activity to collaboratively develop the project’s ‘austerity timeline’ which is found below on this page.

Faith and Peaceful Relations Forum – Project Launch, 24th October 2018

Chris Shannahan and Stephanie Denning launched the Life on the Breadline project at the Faith and Peaceful Relations Forum in October 2018. Click on the images and audio below to see the slides and recordings from the event – Chris sharing more about the project and Christian responses to poverty, and Stephanie discussing austerity and poverty.

UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and humans rights

The project team have submitted a report on poverty and austerity to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights for the UK visit and report. The submission can be accessed through the UN website and is listed as Dr Christopher Shannahan, under the academics section.

Austerity timeline

To start the project we produced an austerity timeline which was collaboratively added to by participants at the 2018 National Poverty Consultation.  Click on the above images to view the timeline, or view it through its webpage.  The timeline aims to provide a summary of austerity measures and context from 2008 to 2018, rather than being an exhaustive list.

At the start of Life on the Breadline our Principal Investigator, Chris Shannahan, published an article in Open Democracy ‘Love and hunger in breadline Britain’.

These images have been produced by illustrator Beth Waters for Life on the Breadline.  These can be downloaded for non-commercial use as a resource, please credit Beth Waters and the Life on the Breadline project when doing so.