Last week George Osborne admitted that Britain’s economic recovery would be “choppy” but that the public should be optimistic. The public have submitted 10,000 ideas for cuts, which is fantastic, but Alistair Darling stated that the cuts will hit those worst off which is unjust. Life can be tough and the no-one should be placed in a difficult situation knowingly. We are fortunate enough to have a welfare state in this country although this wasn’t always so... In Victorian England destitute families and children were put into workhouses. The National Archives have recently placed the original documents online for us to see what life was like then…and perhaps appreciate how lucky we are! This online exhibition is cleverly titled ‘living the poor life’, contrast with Paris Hilton’s ‘Living the simple life’….