Left behind north of the border

Stories of contribution, survival and defiance from those living on the margins

This project is about the lives and perspectives of people from a wide range of backgrounds with shared but distinct experiences of poverty, precarity, marginalization and the UK benefits system. If this description applies to you, and you live in Scotland, we would love to hear from you.

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Dr James Morrison, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

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hours of interviews (so far)


interviews – and counting…


sq km of Scotland

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Do you feel ‘left behind’?

If you live in Scotland and are a low-paid worker, a full-time carer, unemployed or out of work due to long-term illness, disability or for any other reason, we would like to hear from you.

Find out more about this project.

What we’re about

This is a project about the day-to-day challenges faced by people from a variety of backgrounds united by their common experience of financial hardship and lack of opportunity. Drawing on individual interviews with – and personal testimonies from – adults affected by benefit cuts, a precarious, low-waged job market, rising living costs and overstretched, eroded…