Stewart Lansley is an economist and financial journalist. He has written extensively on poverty, wealth and inequality for specialist journals as well as the Guardian, the Independent and the Observer. He lives in London. Joanna Mack works at the Open University and created the research resource www.poverty.ac.uk. They are both former award-winning television producers, and have collaborated on research and television programmes about poverty over the last thirty years. She lives in St Albans.