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14 February 2018 | by Catherine Pepinster

Not to count the cost

 

In 2001, the former mill town of Burnley, in Lancashire, endured two days of riots. They were a watershed. Local politicians, faith leaders and others came together and were forced to recognise what a deprived place this had become, and how lacking in social cohesion. Things got worse before they got better. More than a quarter of the local ­population was on benefits; people were ­coming to church doors begging for food.





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