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Are there too many benefits program's on TV that degrade and prejudge the poor?

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    I'm fed up of the endless right wing Tory propaganda shows about benefits we see on channel 4 and 5. Shows like this tarnish every benefit claimant in the UK as workshy cheats living a life of luxury, when the reality is the total opposite. The majority of jobless Do want to work and disabled don't enjoy being disabled!

    Ive just been watching Benefits by the sea on channel 5, and can just imagine the Tory daily mail readers who watch program's like this demanding their benefits be withdrawn and that they should all be sanctioned and made to clean public toilets for their dole money.

    It's no thanks to garbage like this that every benefit claimant (95% who are NOT cheats) has been treat like crap by this government, with cruel sanctions, workfare, shoddy work assessments for disabled that's resulted in thousands of genuinely disabled people having been forced to work or face long sanctions with no money. Benefit reforms that have led to child poverty, homelessness and suicides.

    Then there's the bedroom tax, again targeting the poor and housing benefits cap that's resulted in thousands having to leave family and friends because through no fault of their own HB won't cover rents in London and the south.

    Jobseekers have it particularly hard, they have to jump through hoops just to keep their £70 a week JSA if they're a few mins late to job centre they're blasted with a 3 month 100% withdrawal of benefit.

    This is truly disgusting how these TV shows have created so much hate and prejudice against the most vulnerable in society, and that government is reacting to popularist thought created by the garbage on TV by lashing out at the poor.

    Agree with you. Whenever there is a recession, the following groups get scapegoated: theunemployed, immigrants and single mums
    Recently, the disabled have become a new target. Most welfare expenditure is down to pensions or supporting low wage workers. These groups outnumber those claimimn jsa

    I'm surprised that Channel 5 hasn't renamed itself the Benefits Channel, given the amount of programmes it shows.
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