Hollow Promise

People in London earning modest incomes are caught in a vicious trap. Their earnings are kept flat by a fiercely competitive labour market, while living costs – particularly housing, transport and childcare – have risen sharply. As a result they find themselves working hard to stand still and often feel they are going backwards.

Hollow Promise draws on new quantitative and qualitative research to offer a picture of what life is like for these Londoners, the pressures they face and how they cope – and sometimes fail to cope.

It argues London cannot count itself as successful so long as this group finds it so hard to live in the city.

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