Fran Abrams: Below the Breadline: Living on the Minimum Wage London: Profile Books, 2002, 6.99 pbk (ISBN: 1 86197 471 X), 184 pp.

Fran Abrams in 'Below the Breadline: Living on the Minimum Wage', is an account of life on low wages in Britain, based on three months spent doing menial work cleaning, packing, ancillary care in London, Yorkshire and Scotland; it was published in 2002. Fran Abrams is a reporter working 'undercover' as a cleaner, scouring urinals on her knees in a London hotel, for 3.43 an hour. One month on and she is stacking boxes of bottled chutney onto pallets in a factory, at 3.83 an hour. Next she's a care-assistant in an old people's home, this time on 3.92 an hour, her best wage yet.

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