A group of five charities has joined forces to fight for better public debate on benefits.
They include Gingerbread, The Children's Society, Crisis, Mind and Macmillan Cancer Support, and their campaign aims to give a voice to the most important people in the debate: those who need benefits to survive.
The campaign: "aims to give a voice to the millions of us who have been supported by benefits at some point in our lives. By sharing our stories we can show the reality of who needs help, why they need it and the difference that it makes.
"All too often, people who’ve needed support from benefits get ignored, misrepresented or blamed for their situation. As a broad coalition of charity, community and faith organisations we want to change that and reach out to the huge range of people who have ever needed help from working age benefits."
The group has launched a website at www.whobenefits.org.uk and asks those who have received benefits, now or in the past, to share their stories.
All five charities deal with many claimants and are concerned that "too often people who have been helped by benefits get ignored, misrepresented or at worst blamed for their situation."