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UnemployedNet live tweeting on tonight's C4 show 'Benefits Street'

Mon, 06/01/2014 - 14:48 -- nick

Encouraged by the 'success' of Channel 5's recent car-crash programme 'On Benefits and Proud', which gave a voice to experienced Jeremy Kyle guests while pretending to illuminate Britain, Channel 4 is weighing in on the welfare debate.

'Benefits Street' claims it "reveals the reality of life on benefits" from the neighbourhood in Birmingham which has more claimants than any other, but the history of programmes in this area is shameful, so what will it really bring to the party?

Fact check on benefits - just 2.3% of the social security bill goes on unemployment

Wed, 09/10/2013 - 12:23 -- nick

Website Full Fact looks into the reality behind the headlines, and has turned its attention to benefits.

Government ministers often talk of the benefits bill and unemployment in conjoined sentences to try to plant the idea that welfare is primarily spent on worklessness.

George Osborne's infamous 'cockney accent' speech to the workers of Morrison's is a good example.

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