Globalisation, UK poverty and communities

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Globalisation affects many aspects of everyday life for people in the UK. It opens up opportunities for rapid contact between people around the world and increases the choices for some in work and in life as a whole. However, the increasing connections between people and global processes have not always been a positive experience for everyone. Globalisation has significantly different consequences for communities and households in the UK. This raises implications for policy, practice and research in a number of areas.

The global economy and experiences of work in the UK
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation programme found that some people experienced a heightened sense of anxiety about the security of their work and future employment opportunities for their children. They felt their working conditions had worsened with the increased use of contract and agency workers, and competition from migrant workers employed at lower salaries, sometimes overriding collective agreements. Th

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