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Welfare Weekly has been contacted by a reporter from the Daily Mirror, who is looking to hear from people affected by the UK Government’s austerity agenda. Here are the details:

The Wigan Pier Project wants to hear from you…



80 years after George Orwell set off on The Road to Wigan Pier, The Wigan Pier Project is recreating his journey using 21st century technology.

Throughout the anniversary year, we will bring you stories from all along the route – covering Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Barnsley, Sheffield and Wigan and the places in-between– and, most importantly, allow other people to share theirs.

In 1937, Orwell’s famous book exposed to middle class England the levels of poverty in which huge industrialised swathes of people in the north of the country were living in.

He lived above a tripe shop and in various lodgings, including hostels across the country, attempted to live on working men’s wages and heard testimonies about the Means Test. He experienced the grim conditions, poor food and back-to-back homes of miners and factory workers. He went to listen to Oswald Mosley prey upon people’s fears about immigration and lambasted bearded Communist fruit-juice drinkers.

In 2017, we will tell modern stories of working and unemployed poverty through a regular series in the Daily Mirror newspaper and also a special anniversary website.

We will bring you the human stories behind the housing crisis, welfare cuts, the ‘gig economy’, the refugee crisis, and Brexit Britain, and take you behind the doors of foodbanks, homeless shelters, factories, churches, mosques, hospitals and private rented and social housing.

As well as these stories, the project will hear people from all along the route as they upload their own experiences and speak for themselves and we’d like to hear from you.

Find out more here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/road-wigan-pier-2017-recreating-9700144



What is the route?

Birmingham, Stourbridge, Wolverhampton, Penkridge, Stafford, Hanley, Burslem, Eldon, Rudyard Lake, Macclesfield, Manchester, Wigan, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Middlesmoor, Barnsley, Mapplewell, Leeds.

How can I take part?

If you live in any of the places mentioned above, or that feature on our interactive map and have a story to share please get in touch.

You can contact us via wiganpier2017@mirror.co.uk, claire.donnelly@trinitymirror.co.uk or tweet us at @wiganpier2017 or write to Wigan Pier Project, Daily Mirror, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP

If I don’t live on the route can I still share my experiences?

If you don’t live on the route but would like to share experiences of living on a low income or struggling with welfare cuts, please contact realbritain@mirror.co.uk where we are keen to hear your story.