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Dole Animators release film trailer on reality of workless life

Tue, 27/08/2013 - 10:53 -- nick

A group of unemployed people has been working on a film depicting the reality of life on the dole in austerity Britain.

Growing out of a research project that tries to bring workless people's voices to a wider audience, the Dole Animators trailer has now been released.

Working in partnership with award-winning documentary filmmaker Ellie Land,  fifteen out-of-work benefit claimants were interviewed three times as they experienced the direct consequences of various welfare reforms.

New BBC show will see taxpayers live on benefits

Wed, 10/07/2013 - 12:45 -- nick

Could the average taxpayer live on benefits?

This question will be asked by a new BBC 1 show - We All Pay Your Benefits - to be broadcast tomorrow at 9.00 pm, which sees The Apprentice's Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford challenge four employed people to live on unemployment benefits to try to get a better undestanding of the problems it brings.

Unemployment up 15,000 to 2.52m people - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 15/05/2013 - 12:18 -- nick

Unemployment in the UK rose by 15,000 over the last three months, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed.

This is the third rise in a row, bringing an end to the falling joblessness seen in 2012, and means the unemployment rate rose by 0.1% to 7.9%.

Reasonable growth in the number of jobs had been one consolation for the government in previous months, but this came to a shuddering halt with 43,000 fewer people in work over January - March 2013 than in October - December 2012.

Benefit rises unfair - Ian Duncan Smith

Wed, 02/01/2013 - 14:41 -- nick

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith has called benefit rises 'unfair'.

Over the last five years they have risen by 20% while wages in the private sector have only risen by 12%.

Mr Duncan Smith released these figures in advance of a vote in parliament on breaking the link between benefits and inflation.

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