There are estimated to be almost 60 million people living in poverty throughout
the European Union. This bleak statistic underlines the value of this important book
which explores the nature and extent of poverty and social exclusion in six European
countries, namely: Austria, Germany, Greece, Norway, Portugal and the UK. The book
focuses on four ‘life course’ groups who might be considered particularly at risk:
young adults, lone parents, the sick and disabled, and the retired.