Speck Of Dust, A [15md]

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0120151214

When her marriage implodes, Zoe faces the reality of life as a single mum.

By Sarah Woods.

'This is the story of the small, the almost invisible. A single speck of life.'

Zoe's is like any other family - she has a husband (Ben) two kids (Marcus and Naomi), a house, a car, and two salaries that just about stretch to the end of the month. But when her marriage implodes, she is suddenly faced with running the family on her own.

They say that you're only ever two pay cheques away from destitution, so what happens when one of those pay cheques moves out of the family home to live with a woman called Caroline? A Speck of Dust tells the story of a newly single parent struggling to navigate a modern world of zero hours contracts, benefits sanctions, online dating and dust. Lots of dust. Her journey is one that many people in the UK are taking.

Between 1979 and 2008, the number of people living in poverty in the UK almost doubled, from 7.3 million to 13.5 million people, and inequality reached levels last seen in the 1920s. Between now and 2020 an additional 1.5 million working-age adults are expected to fall into poverty.

A Speck of Dust explores these big questions by focusing on a small story - a single speck of life.

Written by Sarah Woods

Directed by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

0220151215

Zoe is determined to buy Ben out of the family house.

By Sarah Woods

When Zoe is made redundant, she hopes that the money will help her to buy Ben out of the house and so keep the kids in the family home. But will she be able to persuade her mother-in-law to help?

They say that you're only ever two pay cheques away from destitution, so what happens when one of those pay cheques moves out of the family home to live with a woman called Caroline? A Speck of Dust tells the story of a newly single parent struggling to navigate a modern world of zero hours contracts, benefits sanctions, online dating and dust. Lots of dust. Her journey is one that many people in the UK are taking.

Between 1979 and 2008, the number of people living in poverty in the UK almost doubled, from 7.3 million to 13.5 million people, and inequality reached levels last seen in the 1920s. Between now and 2020 an additional 1.5 million working-age adults are expected to fall into poverty.

A Speck of Dust explores these big questions by focusing on a small story - a single speck of life.

Written by Sarah Woods

Directed by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

0320151216

Zoe starts a new job, but will it be enough to help her keep the house?

By Sarah Woods

Zoe starts a new job, and with her redundancy money on its way she's in buoyant mood. But when an estate agent values the house, her dreams of buying Ben out begin to slip away.

They say that you're only ever two pay cheques away from destitution, so what happens when one of those pay cheques moves out of the family home to live with a woman called Caroline? A Speck of Dust tells the story of a newly single parent struggling to navigate a modern world of zero hours contracts, benefits sanctions, online dating and dust. Lots of dust. Her journey is one that many people in the UK are taking.

Between 1979 and 2008, the number of people living in poverty in the UK almost doubled, from 7.3 million to 13.5 million people, and inequality reached levels last seen in the 1920s. Between now and 2020 an additional 1.5 million working-age adults are expected to fall into poverty.

A Speck of Dust explores these big questions by focusing on a small story - a single speck of life.

Written by Sarah Woods

Directed by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

0420151217

As Zoe's work dries up, her life begins to unravel.

By Sarah Woods

Zoe discovers the pitfalls of a zero hours contract when her shifts go down to zero. She and the kids now face up to the prospect of losing the family home.

They say that you're only ever two pay cheques away from destitution, so what happens when one of those pay cheques moves out of the family home to live with a woman called Caroline? A Speck of Dust tells the story of a newly single parent struggling to navigate a modern world of zero hours contracts, benefits sanctions, online dating and dust. Lots of dust. Her journey is one that many people in the UK are taking.

Between 1979 and 2008, the number of people living in poverty in the UK almost doubled, from 7.3 million to 13.5 million people, and inequality reached levels last seen in the 1920s. Between now and 2020 an additional 1.5 million working-age adults are expected to fall into poverty.

A Speck of Dust explores these big questions by focusing on a small story - a single speck of life.

Written by Sarah Woods

Directed by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production.