Preview: Broke

Broke - episode one

In this series, families from across the UK reveal what it really means to be in work, but still only ‘just about managing’.

Steve and his son Billy are casual workers from Hastings. Steve is desperate to find full-time work but he is unlikely to be considered without a permanent address. Despite being homeless for six months, they do not qualify as a top priority for council accommodation. The father and son will do anything they can to escape the cycle of homelessness and unemployment and to avoid relying on food banks.

Tyrone, pictured, left home at 16 after his relationship with his mother broke down. He is determined to secure a privately rented room after spending two weeks homeless. As he is under 18, he isn’t eligible for housing benefit. He works on a zero-hour contract at McDonalds which means he can’t guarantee that he will earn enough money each week to cover his rent.

Angelica is an Ecuadorian migrant working in London. She studies English all day and works night shifts as a cleaner at a luxury car dealership. She was suspended by her employment agency after requesting a pay rise to the London Living Wage. Due to the high cost of living, she is forced to consider leaving London and being separated from her son. With the help of a union, she is struggling for her right to fair pay and to keep her family together.

Broke – Thursday at 8.00pm on BBC One.