Government using more negative language about benefits

Mon, 08/04/2013 - 18:29 -- nick

The government is using more negative and loaded language about benefits and claimants, a study has found.

The Guardian has examined the text of ministerial speeches and press releases from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over the last year, and found that the language used has become far more judgemental than in the final year of the previous Labour government.

The newspaper wrote:

Review – Dispatches ‘Tricks of the Dole Cheats’

Tue, 14/08/2012 - 20:43 -- nick

Channel 4 last night broadcast a documentary in its Dispatches strand which, despite its ostensibly pro-jobseeker slant, should offend every unemployed person in Britain, as well as fans of objectivity and worthwhile investigation. ‘Tricks of the Dole Cheats’ was notable for portraying neither tricks nor cheats.


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