Growing Up Poor: Britain's Breadline Kids

Growing Up Poor: Britain's Breadline Kids

Series 259

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Review

Eight-year-old Courtney lives with her mum and brother in Cambridge. She’s a smashing little girl – as irrepressible and happy as any eight-year-old should be. But Courtney lives in poverty. The family have to sleep in their coats because there’s no money for heating, their food comes from a food bank and mum has mental health issues. They live on £5 a day.

This sobering film looks at a handful of children like Courtney, including 15-year-old Danielle, who struggles to revise for her GCSEs in the family bedsit, and nine-year-old Rose, whose mum is still paying for the funeral of her sister, who died from cancer.

Summary

In Britain today, 4.1 million children are growing up in poverty. Dispatches spent a year with three children and their families to show what life is really like if there's just not enough money for life's essentials of food, warmth and a place to call home.

Cast & Crew

Director Jezza Neumann
Executive Producer Brian Woods
Producer Amy Richardson
Producer Alice Rowsome
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