​​5 must reads before you vote

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Now in the midst of election campaigning, we’re bamboozled by spin and party politics, but what about the facts?

What about the very real stories and statistics that should provide the foundation of our decision about who to vote for?

We have selected five of our books that present these clearly.

Read one, some or all of them, read the policies, and place your vote.

In defence of welfare – Want to know more about developments in ‘welfare’ over the last five years of Coalition Government? This book brings you nearly 50 short, digestible pieces from a range of social policy academics, policy makers and journalists full of facts and analysis of welfare changes since 2010.

Austerity bites Mary O’Hara – If  ‘austerity’ is the thing you most want to know about then this book is for you. It chronicles the impact of austerity on people at the sharp end of the cuts, based on the author’s 12-month journey around the country in 2012 and 2013 and fully updated for the paperback edition.

Getting by – Lisa Mckenzie – Poor neighbourhoods are an area of public concern and media scorn but if you want to hear the story from the inside then you’ll want to read Getting by. Lisa Mckenzie lived on the notorious St Ann’s estate in Nottingham for more than 20 years. Her ‘insider’ status enables us to hear the stories of its residents, often wary of outsiders, to give a unique account of life in poor communities in contemporary Britain.

Good times, bad times – John Hills – Do you want hard data and facts about who benefits most from welfare spending in this country? Using extensive research and survey evidence, this book challenges the myth that the population divides into those who benefit from the welfare state and those who pay into it. It shows that all of us rely on the welfare state throughout our lifetimes, not just a small ‘welfare-dependent’ minority.

Sixteen for 16 – Salvatore Babones – And if you’re already thinking about the possible impact of next years’ US Presidential election then Sixteen for ’16 offers a new agenda for the 2016 US election crafted around sixteen core principles from securing jobs to saving the Earth. It is a manifesto which makes the argument for each of these positions, clearly, concisely, and supported by hard data.

There’s not much time left before the election, but these are available on Kindle or at all good bookshops…

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