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In 1937, Orwell's book about poverty in Northern England shocked the country. Eighty years on, join us as we retrace his route telling the stories of Austerity Britain in our Wigan Pier project.

- Explore the interactive experience at www.wiganpierproject.com

People are not making enough money to pay their rent: My Wigan Pier
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Nobby Clarke explain how people are struggling to keep their properties
I was forced to sleep on the streets: My Wigan Pier
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Adam O'Grady tells us about being force to leave his home
After my bills are paid I have nothing left for food: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, cleaner Elizabeth Parker reveals her struggle to survive on ?212 Universal Credit a month
There has been recent spike in racism and that's probably down to Brexit: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Mick Taylor reveals what life is like for refugees in Wigan
After leaving my job as manager I knew I wanted to help people: My Wigan Pier
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Heather MacKenzie explains how families are in need of food
Identity is about values not colour or religion: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, asylum seeker Abdul explains how he came to be living in Wigan
I used to volunteer at a food bank, now I'm using one: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, office worker Leyla Ahmed explains how delays to Universal Credit have left her needing to use the food bank
After being released I moved cities to get more support: My Wigan Pier
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Damien Fraser tells us about the struggles he faced after his prison release
I had nowhere to go - I slept between the bins: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Zara Aziz describes how family breakdown left her destitute.
My doctor says I'm not fit to work: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Daniel Heyood explains why his local food bank is so important to him
Support services are not signposted, people don't know where to turn: My Wigan Pier
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Inderjit Singh explains how benefit cuts is causing poverty
The benefits system nearly broke me - I lived on food parcels: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, former cleaner Anita Eldred explains the devastating impact of benefit cuts on her life
Some days I was just making ?10: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Tim Bracegirdle explains how ill-health kept him unemployed for three years.
I'm looking for work so I eat tea at my mum's to try and save money: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Keith Boniface explains the struggles of getting a job
I've got a job but I can't afford food: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, cleaner Kelly Wellsted explains why low paid work is keeping her in poverty
I had to go on Universal Credit - you never think it will happen to you: My Wigan Pier
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, carer Sally Allcroft tells us about the struggles she has faced since leaving her job
I used to work in the steel industry, now I survive on ?100 a week: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, steel worker, Philip Donnicsen, explains how depression and unemployment left him socially isolated
People come here hungry, their children are hungry: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, debt adviser, Pam Semp explains why working and vulnerable families are struggling more than ever
I live on ?146 a fortnight - I can't save for retirement: My Wigan Pier Story
Wigan Pier 80As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Manchester mum, Janet opens up about her money worries
My husband threw me out - I had nowhere to go: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, mum Susan Cristofis explains how domestic abuse left her socially isolated.
I lost my job then my home: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Gary Thackrey explains how he lost his home after being made redundant.
More and more people need help but we never turn anyone away: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, pensioner Howard Parry explains why he volunteers at a hot food kitchen.
I was shocked at the amount of people who need help: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Shun Kanda explains how he serves hot meals to people in need
People come to us for help with just the clothes they are standing in: My Wigan Pier Story
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As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, volunteer Helen Reynolds talks to us about working with trafficked women
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