On Benefits & Proud

On Benefits & Proud

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With a fifth of every pound we pay in tax going directly to support benefit claimants, not everyone is happy with who gets what.

Mum of 11 Heather, 37, has been branded one of Britain's biggest benefits scroungers. Heather and her supersized family live in two knocked-through council houses on the outskirts of Gloucester. Her income on benefits is double what most people in Britain earn – in fact, you would need a £60k+ a year job to match it. Heather has never worked and believes it is her right to have as many children as she wants, whatever the cost. Her jobless kids are now having kids and homes of their own, so the benefits bill for the family is increasing. So too is the controversy that surrounds her, with the news that her local council are building her a brand new six-bedroom house. But not everything goes to plan.

In Liverpool, newlyweds Julie and Vinnie have not worked for six years. Julie is 44 and has six grown up children all on benefits. She does not believe that a job is worthwhile unless she can have £500 a week left after paying tax and bills. Her 38-year-old husband Vinnie does not believe that there are any jobs out there so doesn’t even bother looking. The couple get everything they need paid for in benefits – including their cable TV package. Taking into account the home paid for by housing benefit, their joint income on benefits is roughly the same as the minimum wage.

Jobs in Liverpool may not be plentiful, but houses are. In areas of the city dominated by private landlords and low-quality housing, you can move at the drop of a hat and even increase your benefits if you know how to work the system.

In London, rent is sky-high, especially in the most sought-after boroughs. Camden is home to single mums Emma and Sophie, both on benefits with their rent paid. As their rent is more than £1,200 a month, their benefits bill exceeds most, but Emma and Sophie do not think they should have to move out of central London. Emma has four kids by the same dad, but he has a place of his own, leaving the state to pick up the tab. Emma says she could work but would need to earn around £30,000 a year to make it worth her while. Both Emma and Sophie came to London as teenagers and both have been on benefits since becoming mums. Sophie wants a well-paid position too. Despite having no qualifications, she is not prepared to take just any job. She wants the state to fund further education, but only when her daughter has left state-funded nursery...

Comments (384)

  • Lereisse

    1 day ago

    Lereisse

    I have been on benifits for the past 2 years and I am proud. I refuse to be ashamed that I am receiving help from the government. I am 19 years old soon to be 20 and I study in college at the moment. I am more than able to work how ever jobs do not get handed to you on a silver platter I am not disputing the fact that some people may be simply staying at home and receiving money every two weeks but you do not know why they may be doing this and is it fair to blame the people receiving the money or should it not be the people giving it to them I do not know about you but if someone is offering financial help then I would accept it. For many it does not make sense to go out and work when you can stay in your house and get the same money doing nothing it sounds completely lazy but this is the harsh reality of the society that we live in all of these comments that I have been reading disgust me this are people who need help yes they have kids and you might think don't have kids if you cannot care for them but I don't see that I see parents who want to stay home and look after their kids and make sure that they are the ones bringing them up and not working to pay for someone else to do that job how dare you look down on people just because you may have a job well done for you .

  • cw

    4 days ago

    cw

    Scum of the earth.Same problem here in Sweden. Crazy left wants every one on benefits if they dont "feel like working" Stealing money who should go to sick elderly ppl. Put them in jail !!

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  • Sally Crosby

    13 days ago

    Sally Crosby

    The voiceover man should be ashamed of what he's contributed to. This is disgusting propaganda Channel 5.

  • nickyb

    14 days ago

    nickyb

    I want kids, but I dont want to rely on state hand out to support them...so i will wait, work for a while till I can, and If i have 1 child and then i lose my job i wont have another because i wont be able to afford to raise them, and I DONT want to rely on STATe hand outs!

  • izmir

    22 days ago

    izmir

    im astonished and speechless at what i have just watched , these people have no shame or morals, im a woman in my late 40,s and i have worked since i was 14 my first job being a paper round , i also have a son in which i worked and raised him on my own and he now has a good job and is a parent himself , i had to stop working 2 years ago due to spinal operation and athritis in both my hips , i don,t want to be claiming benefits even though i have paid my taxes and insurance all my life im now taking learning courses online from university so that i can get a job working from home to support myself for the future , but im astonished and utterly speechless off what these people were talking about on this programme , they have no shame or self respect or dignity towards themselfs or theyre children, the government needs to do something to stop these people and make them work by cutting theyre benefits and get them off theyre arse maybe then they would think ? or maybe theyre just too ignorant ?.........

  • ANONYMOUS

    1 month ago

    ANONYMOUS

    im quite sure this is the media filming the one family on benefits who are stuck up and get a 1 million pound house - they still are not happy. Other people on benefits actually want a job and have to live in a small council house or on the street

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  • Des

    3 months ago

    Des

    This is one of the most one sided debates i ahve seen for a while. The presenter is pampering to the strenght of the crowd instead of playing devils advocate. Maybe the working majority are too tired at home from working all day that they couldnt get to the studio! Everyones opinion should count.

  • paul allen

    3 months ago

    paul allen

    well I wouldn't want to live next door to any of them. But not all people on hand outs are like these people some really cant get jobs. five star have really just made a program to suit 1 persons view this is not journalism its an individuals view probably the director or writer, poor show narrow view showing the worst of humanity from the start. Democracy and capitalism created these people, laws the government makes and tv shapes how these people behave so only those who vote for this unfair and corrupt system are to blame. I am not on benefits but feel sorry for the old and unfortunate who are as governments do little to help them and the money they get you try living on it. I gave myself what they have a week its no pick nick i assure you.

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  • Barry

    3 months ago

    Barry

    How is this possible that every TV channel in the UK has so far betrayed many people on benefits as being proud scroungers & not wanting to work… do any of these TV channels ever produce the true fakes; o’ yeas you chose to interview those one parent family’s those that sit around day in day out but the facts that many other people on benefits are truthfully seeking work but duo to your attacks & misleading programs you are tarring everyone on benefits as the same & you justify this by naming your broadcast as “On Benefits & Proud” NOT EVERBODY ON benefits are PROUD… but what gets me is NO TV channel has yet produced a program showing the truth behind the true figures of unemployment how many are on courses through the unemployment centers how many that dote show up on the unemployment list duo to government farcifying the figures how many are in low prayed jobs but still dependent on a level of benefits how many on sick that are unable to work duo to there illness NUN of witch have been betrayed in any one of any TV broadcast makes me wonder are they working with the government are they getting paid to betrayed all on benefits as benefit proud scroungers.

  • zee

    3 months ago

    zee

    The couple in Liverpool were on Jeremy Kyle, they will be in celebrity big brother next year haha

  • KJRenwick

    3 months ago

    KJRenwick

    You can't just believe everything you watch on this show though! I've been searching for a job since I was sixtee AND I have qualifications so to keep myself off the benefits I've continued study but I get really annoyed with peoples current attitudes today when they hear someone's claiming benefits or DLA. They now all think "Oh well they must be dirty scroungers" but that's not the case and isn't fair for people to go tarring everyone with the same brush. Tax Credits is a form of benefits so people should go think about that before opening their mouths and having a stupidly obnoxious rant at someone.

  • Ian

    4 months ago

    Ian

    And people wonder why the benefits system has got to change to stop these ponse's. They will have a rude awakening soon enough if the bills get passed in parliment to put a stop to all this, aswith America you only get so long and then you are on the street or have to take what work is given. What is needed is people should not be able to claim any more than they have contributed, so if they have nevr worked tey get nothing. Also it would be a great incentive for those made redundant etc to ge bck to work. As for housing limits on benefit and single room etc, like those who work if you cannot afford it you have to move.

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  • ard 'one

    5 months ago

    ard 'one

    the 2 women in the flat cooking sophies friend is a bit thick if you listen she states employees don't want to take any one on with commitments if she ever decided to work or learn at school she would know it's employers who employ not employees

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  • George Osborneagain

    5 months ago

    George Osborneagain

    And this is what attracts the eastern Europeans and honestly can you blame anyone from the poorest countries wanting to have a bite of the cherry, This this should be re- named LIFE OF SHAME AND "GRIME" they can have it I would sooner work for less than spend a so called life like trash

  • freedom

    5 months ago

    freedom

    You have to see that the media and tv industry will cherry pick the most entertaining subjects for views and profit these clearly are abusing the system but there is so many who need help and benefits and are genuine also the goverment encourage these shows to distance themself from the real crimes the goverment in parliment do in taking monies and voiding any criminal punishment.

  • Anon

    5 months ago

    Anon

    Whilst this documentary does not represent a vast majority of benefits claimants, I find it infuriating that cases like this exist; I decided to return to education and study vet medicine at the age of 23 and the student loans I receive do not even cover my rent, let alone pay for any luxuries. Something in the system really doesn't make sense!

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  • John

    5 months ago

    John

    If you can't afford to have children then you shouldn't. Anyone who has children with the intention of expecting other people to pay, i.e. the tax payer, me, is a disgrace; regardless of whether they are a couple or single.

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  • Max the Giver of Logic

    5 months ago

    Max the Giver of Logic

    Writing vitriolic, sarcastic semi trurthful articles and proud. Somehow owning natural materials of the earth and authorising others to have it and proud (oil owners). Doing nothing but commanding others what to do and proud (managing). Fighting for the rights of halfsentient chickens when many children die each second... and proud. Being abusive on a reality tv show watched by millions and proud. Working in a bank and proud. Pepsi is proud. (all rip off copiers). Killing civilians accidentally and proud. Owning somehow 3,500 other drinks companies and proud. (Coke corporation). Recieving lobbying money and proud (think that's how it works). Being famous just for being famous and proud. Papparazzi and proud. Spending 500 million pounds on a painting and proud. Being a landlord and proud. Charging whilst customers wait half an hour on the phone line and proud. Selling each product of the video game/film/song even though 1 million copies costs as much as one physically. The whole system is practically the art of scrounging, parasiting, born into it... the money system at the moment is a parasite system... persides it's immoral to have to do random favours for somebody else just to have a home and food... money itself is a plague... a free rider problem well if they're getting money so should i... now give me your money for me working so hard... It isn't propaganda. If you think it is then you must think that people don't have a mind of their own who will agree with whatever they watch...

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  • Adela

    5 months ago

    Adela

    I'm a mum of 4 little children and opted to stay at home to look after them. Going back to work and having to pay for all the childcare would leave us with no money anyway. My husband's got a full time job plus he runs his own business (not doing well at this moment). Yet we wouldn't make ends meet without our housing benefits. We can hardly afford our weekly shopping, I don't really get how people living on benefits can have all the luxury? Not all benefits claimants are scroungers, we're not proud we take the benefits, but we have to feed the children. When they're all at school, you'll definitely see me back at work!

  • Tax Payer

    5 months ago

    Tax Payer

    With regards to people finding it terrible that this woman's picture has been splashed across the paper with her children, take a closer look. The law states you cannot show the face of a minor under the age of 14 without parents permission. Not only that it isn't some private holiday snap or family photo. It has been taken by a professional newspaper photographer. WITH mothers permission which she more than likely received a fee for!!

  • Jay C

    5 months ago

    Jay C

    What happened to the next episode?!

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  • Katy

    5 months ago

    Katy

    I am a single mother on Income Support, I HATE being on benefits!!! Hopefully I will be able to find a part time job once my child starts going to nursery.

  • paul

    5 months ago

    paul

    I live of benefits at the moment but am 23 and have cerebal paulsy and even thou i have that i went go uni . i dont think its right for people who can work be on benefits its should go to people really needed it any money that i can goes to re study.

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  • Tax Payer

    5 months ago

    Tax Payer

    I work in the recruitment industry and can categorically say there isn't a shortage of jobs available. What we seem to experience is a shortage of willing participants who want more money than our manager earns to get out of bed in a morning when they have no qualifications or experience. People who think the world owes them a living. However, as people have said that this is a small minority of claimants the program clearly shows that they believe they are entitled to a life of luxury with virgin tv and working the system to get as much money as possible for contributing nothing to society. As awful as it sound the world would be no different if these people didn't exist...except fo the fact that we could invest in decent living arrangements for our elderly generation. Maybe it is a self pride issue, but these people breed generations of leeches. When my father died and left my mother with 4 children to bring up she fed and kept us on £5000 a year wage with no help in the 90's we went without but we all survived without watching sky tv and having a new iPad.

  • amanda johnson

    5 months ago

    amanda johnson

    this makes me sick I lost my hubby on good Friday he was a Para the socal would not even help me to put him to rest afther 20 years sevice as a para and 15 as a nurse to this country. and now I cant any benfits and these lot get it all joke

  • hjfghfg

    5 months ago

    hjfghfg

    why all these comments i theres nothing wrong with benefits just people on benefits who use them for drugs

  • john smith

    5 months ago

    john smith

    It's the poor and most vulnerable that are to blame, governments have been placing the blame with the poorest and most vulnerable since well since theres been governments with fingers to point

  • ordinaryperson

    5 months ago

    ordinaryperson

    what scandal wake up Britain the world is passing you by whie you waste funds on these lowlife specimens who delight in working the system designed to help those in genuine need. Appalling that the government can let it go on while medical services SUFFER.

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  • Kirsty

    5 months ago

    Kirsty

    I'm glad to see that the majority of people commenting on here have seen this for the right-wing propaganda that it is. After watching this I felt very concerned that people might believe this to be a true representation of people who claim benefits. I'm a therapist working in mental health and have been able to see the real struggle and suffering of people claiming benefits at the moment ... people who are not well enough to work being screwed over by ATOS and moved from DLA/ESA or whatever it is called now to JSA. These are people who are so depressed that they can barely get out of bed, so anxious/traumatised that they can barely leave the house, or people who have 'invisible' health problems such as fibromyalgia or CFS. It frustrates me that these people are trying their best to overcome their problems by seeking help in therapy, but end up with problems with benefits and job-seeking to contend with when they have enough on their plate as it is. I'm not sure of figures, but I think I read somewhere that suicide rates have increased since the benefit reforms this government has made. I don't mind admitting that before I did this sort of work my views were very right-wing, but now they are not. I choose to believe what I hear from real people every day, not biased propaganda put on the telly to increase viewing figures and serve the government's agenda. I've found it interesting to read lots of comments on here about feeling resentful and angry about "my hard earned cash being used to pay for these idiots" - sorry I know I have mis-quoted a bit, but that was the general feeling. I did not feel angry, I felt sad that there are a small minority of people who appear to choose to live like this. I'm not highly paid - I earn £5,000 below the national average wage of £26,000, but I have enough. I can afford food and heating and a small, but lovely, 1 bedroom flat that I share with my Partner. I am also lucky enough to have a job that I really love - I wouldn't give up that job satisfaction for any amount of money. So I had to ask myself - would I want the life of the people on this program? And the answer is no, so why should I feel resentful towards them? There is clearly more to these people than was portrayed on the program. People don't behave this way because they are morons, they may behave this way because they lack intelligence or education or because they have learned this behaviour from somewhere and don't know any different. I think employment is so important for people's mental health and wellbeing and the people on this program just don't seem to be aware of this at all. Unemployment levels at the moment are a sad thing - jobs should be there for people who can and want to work, but it seems at the moment there are not enough jobs. I don't resent paying some of my tax to help jobseekers and people who are too ill to work. At the moment I am one of the lucky ones, but speaking to so many people who are less fortunate makes you realise that anybody could get ill or be made redundant and need to claim benefits, including me. I would want that support to be there without having to face prejudice if it was me.

  • Richard

    5 months ago

    Richard

    I am a 36 year old who has worked since I was 17. My wife earns around £32k and I usually earn £40-50k per year. Net monthly income of £4,500 between us. My wife works for a college training the unemployed and I was a manager supporting work programme, flexible new deal, jcp support contract and European social fund contracts. Due to my mother being ill I decided to finished my last, self-employed contract and take 2 months out to support her. Now I find myself in position where I need support. For the last 3 weeks I have received £71 per week job seekers allowance. I have applied and been interviewed for a couple of roles and am confident that I will find work shortly with a lower income possibly than I was on. Even though I have paid over £150k in taxes, since I was 17, I feel guilty for accepting this benefit and have vowed to make a contribution to Macmillan cancer support with my next pay slip (from my new job) equalling the amount taken in benefit. It makes me sad to see this programme. Especially if you are under 24 as there is so much available in society in terms of training and support. £900 per week, shopping for clothes and drinking with benefit is wrong. Expecting 500 quid per week is unrealistic - even for me with management skills - in London. There not setting any example for the children and sadly I feel I will be supporting these very individuals in my next role.

  • UK Optimist

    5 months ago

    UK Optimist

    This system will kill UK, unless government will cut the pipe for unlimited cash for totally useless lazy cows who really do not need help from tax payer

  • Sarah J

    5 months ago

    Sarah J

    Above all else I'd just like to say that I think it's completely wrong and rather disgraceful to put pictures of that womans children in the paper! They don't know what's going on, and are pretty much defenseless. Sure, these people can be accused of having no class, but I'd say the same of the newspaper, if not worse. It's completely out of order.

  • Michelle Meakin

    5 months ago

    Michelle Meakin

    This lady REALLY wants £500/week AFTER paying all her outgoings?? Is she for real?? I am sure she can't even spell outgoings!! I earn over £30k a year and have never had that amount of money left a month let alone a week! Get a grip ya daft cow!

  • a m c

    5 months ago

    a m c

    These families are terrible whether you have benefits or not, they swear in front of kids, smoke like chimneys, don't give a damn, i don't think they deserve any money, there are people on benefits and bring their children up decent,this is why children won't do nothing for this country, these people are scum and shouldn't be allowed to have kids, what chance have they, i am disgusted, they have all the latest cons, cats and dogs, some people can't afford these things, these woman don't clean, do not have there children organised at all for their future

  • R Woodhead

    5 months ago

    R Woodhead

    These people are not a true insight into people who really need help. These are undesirables abusing the system. It is disgusting how the benefits system can be abused!

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  • robert

    5 months ago

    robert

    this country is going down, we all work and pay for them to live life stiles we dont live ourselfs

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  • maria andrews

    6 months ago

    maria andrews

    The lady from livepool is now on Jeremy kyle!

  • Bethechange

    6 months ago

    Bethechange

    Where are the rest of the episodes?

  • Fred

    6 months ago

    Fred

    "With a fifth of every pound we pay in tax going directly to support benefit claimants, not everyone is happy with who gets what. " This is UNTRUE. The total benefits budget is 1,75 % (very different than 20 %), and most of these are not scroungers. It is sad that a small amount of people choose to use the system, and I feel sorry for all those others who actually are unable to work for valid reasons. Please would you remove this wrong information. Thanks

  • heather

    6 months ago

    heather

    Two cars and I counted 4 motorbikes! speechless.

  • Ron

    6 months ago

    Ron

    what a disgrace full people producing baby get benefits.

  • laura louisee

    6 months ago

    laura louisee

    ive reported this 3 times & its still not working !!!

  • Tophat

    6 months ago

    Tophat

    The gov should do more to prevent these peps playing the system. These peps are not very bright and are not typical of benefit recepients. The genuine get vilified and the gov allow these creatures to continue to breed and live on benefits because they can an their children will cos there is not a prevailing work ethic .

  • Stephen

    6 months ago

    Stephen

    The only way to get ahead in this country is to have a baby and keep having them. My ex partner is like this she even said to me I don't want to work and I don't want you to work as we will earn more on the benefits system. When we got to 2 kids I said to her I don't want anymore kids and I wanna go to work she ditched me and got another guy in and had a further 4 kids, now she lives in a 4 bedroom House down South with both of them don't work... there is no unbias view in this program this actually happens and is taught by the parents on how to do this. I work 2 jobs and self employed to support me and my new family and will never get as much as my ex... why work...?

  • karen

    6 months ago

    karen

    two of these families have been on jeremy kyle one in particular 4 times which makes you wonder are they being paid for being on these shows and do they declare it and it is high lighting people that are proud of the way they scam the benefits system hence the title

  • Niks

    6 months ago

    Niks

    What an interesting 'biased' piece of journalism. Why didn't you make a documentary about people using children as a lifestyle choice? Rather than focusing on people being on benefits - as the truth is today in the UK that there are lots of people who have no children who are sick and forced to work (some of died shortly after being returned to work). Young people who are having their benefits cut. Who have nowhere to live and no hope. How things are different in different areas.? This documentary was about people who had children and on benefits. You do nothing to help the cause of those who are truly frightened and having to choose whether they eat or heat this winter. Who are sick (genuinely) so cant work. Why not do documentary about how housing has become about greed not need? How much does it cost the tax payer in Housing benefit payments - how this country applauds house price rises - how people have to pay bedroom tax - as this country can't afford one small room (often used to house medical equipment) or other genuine cases. How difficult it is for those with mental health to fight those changes? What about how the government didn't have money for bedroom tax .... forcing them into private renting - that costs the tax payer more? Oh - but the tax payer cannot afford it.... but now people (not income related) can get government assistance up to 120k per person to buy a house up to 600k..... Oh the list could go on. I think that this piece is sensationalism and irresponsible journalism.

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  • Just one of millions.

    6 months ago

    Just one of millions.

    To TeeJaii King: How exactly do you think propoganda works? I hate to Godwin the topic so abruptly, but did Hitler open up in the early 30s by saying "We need to put all Jews in big camps and then kill them"? It has to be way more subtle than that; the creation and perpetration of subtle inaccuracies in peoples' perceptions, and then exploit those misperceptions to forward the agenda. Have you not noticed the general publics' attitude to the unemployed lately? Given the ratio of unemployed people to available jobs, it is utterly inevitable that there WILL BE millions of unemployed, and our capitalist system depends on exactly that. If there were more vacancies than people to fill them, employers would have to compete to attract workers to their companies by offering better pay, better benefits, better pensions; all of which cuts down on profit. The way things stand, they've got us competing against each other to see who will take the crappiest deal and still smile as we slave our lives away while cramming their own pockets with enough money to last generations. We're one of the half dozen or so wealthiest countries on the planet - there's enough money here for everyone - but the way things stand, the people at the top get the people in the middle to blame the people at the very bottom. And THIS is how they do it.

  • paul jones

    6 months ago

    paul jones

    How insinuating to assume all those unemployed are uneducated. I happen to be qualified to do five jobs! 1. Car Mechanic. 2. Auto Electrician. 3. Mig Welder. 4. Tig Welder 5. Arc Welder. Ever heard of being refused employment because you are overqualified?

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  • TeeJaii King

    6 months ago

    TeeJaii King

    DEAR EVERYONE COMPLAINING; Can you please take a moment to actually read the title of this programme? It's called "ON BENEFITS & PROUD" not "ON BENEFITS" All of you complaining this is propaganda and saying not all people on benefits are like this... Have you read the title... This show is specifically ABOUT those people, not everyone on benefits. Calm down.

  • K Mcg

    6 months ago

    K Mcg

    love how the adverts work ok but the programme doesnt!!!!!sort it out!

  • Emma

    6 months ago

    Emma

    That lady with the Monroe piercing (lip) was on Jeremy Kyle LOADS. Absolutely no shame whatsoever.

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  • Valarie

    6 months ago

    Valarie

    Wow!!!!!speechless..

  • Captain Reality

    6 months ago

    Captain Reality

    These programmes are designed to make all people on benefits look like clueless morons who live a life of luxury and laziness, this is far from reality, this is a small section of society that are totally reliant on benefits because they are indeed lazy, this should not be confused with people who end up in tears because they leave school with GCSE's then work their way through college, then fail to get into their desired career path due to the country being on its backside to applying desperately for a job at poundland alongside another 200 applicants. Not all job seekers are proud lazy sponges churning out 10 kids and supping special brew and smoking in front of their 50 inch HD telly watching the match on Sky sports.

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  • gknerdy

    6 months ago

    gknerdy

    my mother is on benefits but it's because her health has let her down she has placed money into the system since she was 19 and now she is against her will getting benefits therefore I believe that this is stereotyping those who gain benefits however those who do feed of of the state should not be shunned from society but educated to a point were they understand the consequences and benefits of working and also the non claiming society need to be educated that tax is not just taken for benefits but for coherence with Europe.

  • helen

    6 months ago

    helen

    why can't we see this program

  • dawn

    6 months ago

    dawn

    why have you stop peolpe watching this program

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  • dawn

    6 months ago

    dawn

    y cant i watch this

  • faye_stone

    6 months ago

    faye_stone

    why is it saying not available on 5 demand? I want to watch!!!

  • Peter Travis

    6 months ago

    Peter Travis

    We'll I loved it! Was it representational of the system well that's for you to decide? But like all things that sparks debates and more importantly change it's the extremes that solicit such strong emotions. Thank you channel 5, not for the program it's self but at least the debate that I hope will follow.

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  • Tufluv

    6 months ago

    Tufluv

    The system of social security in the UK is excellent, however, it was originally implemented for the short term unemployed, because work was generally in those times far easier to come by, and vulnerable within society. Clearly this female is taking full advantage of the welfare system and should be deterred from the do as you please attitude she clearly has. Giving birth should not be a burden on the rest of society, therefore, any person who feels able to have children willy nilly should be dissuaded, somehow. Responsibility is key to this issue and this female appears not to care about the lifestyle she lives, it is difficult to know how to deal with this attitude that seems rampant throughout society and how this happened is a mystery, one day no chavs, the next thousands, and their numbers are growing inexorably. Instead of the government targeting the disabled and vulnerable of society it's about time they reduced benefits to persons who are clearly working the system and who are devoid of any moral compass.

  • sophie

    6 months ago

    sophie

    Grrr only 5 mins into watching this program and its getting me so angry I could punch the computer. Why the hell don't the government see what a great life people get on benefits. I have always worked and cant afford anything these people can. Its sickens me when I go to my local shopping centre I can only offord primark would love to be able to go into river island or top shop but literally would break the bank to do so. I cant even burger king half the time have to live on left over food and occasionaly a takeaway. Cant offord sky or virgin or playstations, stuggle to pay my mobile bill each month or turn heating on. I would love to have kids and no doubt would get lots of benefits if I had one but don't want to be a burden to society or people who work. Should have same rules in uk than they do in China the government will pay for one child anymore its up you but you alone pay for it.

  • Emma

    6 months ago

    Emma

    I am sick of programme like this as it makes people think all people on benefits have a easy life when this is not true they are lots out there on benfits that struggle day to day

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  • carol johnson

    6 months ago

    carol johnson

    why does the government wake up hard working people paying tax are paying for people like these why can't we be more like china one child and then you start paying for the rest of the children yourself its your choice to have all them children so pay for them yourself not through benefits people like these should not be broadcast it riles a lot of decent people who have worked most of their lives to allow these people a life of luxury which is just what they have i work two part-time jobs my husband can only work part time and we get no help it is a struggle please don;t rub people noses in it showing programs like these it offends

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  • Hab

    6 months ago

    Hab

    I am on benefits as have Depression but have an old small portable tv, equally old mobile phone, a car i can only use weekly if im lucky anda cooker i cannot yet afford to get installed so live on micro meals. NO WAY can i afford to go pubbing, clubbing, shopping (my trainers are 3yrs old) so NOT everybody on Benefits are scroungers. Last year i couldnt afford to use my heating much and moved my bed into my lounge where i could heat it to 15 degrees. I a aged 54 and benefits do NOT pay well for me, a job would DEF give me a decent existance but unfortunately depression and anxiety is a horrible, horrible illness so at the moment i am unable to work. PLEASE dont assume we ALL take the mickey and have a lovely enriched easy life from benefits!

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  • Christopher Adams (twenty years old)

    6 months ago

    Christopher Adams (twenty years old)

    Hi im chris and I am twenty years old,I live in one of the worst spots in england for employment. I hate been on job seekers allowance I get very depressed often and after many hours jobeeking online I just seem to be getting nowhere and I feel like i am in a hole where i cannot get out some days. I am doing all I can to get A JOB but there is very, very,very few jobs to apply for in my area and when a few basic wage jobs are advertised there is some cases thousands of people are n for them, its just so hard for me at the moment but one thing I can say is im nothing like these people and actually am really angry for the tax payers and for my self someone generally doing my best to find a job and I am shocked to the weekly amount of benefits that these people take of the goverment and think there money should be seriously lowered. /250/500/900 quid a week I think its disgraceful and for what I have learnt about the benefits system that atleast 45% of uk Benefits payed by the government each year are going toward single mothers with 1 or multiple kids . People use kids as a easy way out and to eat of them its shocking and the government wants to do something about it asap.

  • dean

    6 months ago

    dean

    The propaganda of this show is laughable at best sad thing is hard working people fall for it hook line and sinker and the media hype rubbish know this

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  • Ian

    6 months ago

    Ian

    "Find me a job that pays me £500 after i`ve paid all my bills". Right put me down for that too love. In fact I want a job that leaves me with £70,000 a day after i have paid for my cigs, subscription TV, booze, weed, whatever else.Problem is I am just a skilled worker who went without a social life as a young man and only scrape by on £26,000 per annum top line. I can only imagine that Richard Desmond is whoring for the government by rising the publics ire by parading the usual Kyle participants so that we may all hate each other and not those who drive down pay.

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  • BuddhaLouLou

    6 months ago

    BuddhaLouLou

    Income tax is just one of the MANY taxes we ALL pay. This divide between benefit claimants and working people is really so low brow and unintelligent it is laughable really. I think single parents are one of the hardest working in society. It's a shame the government don't put as much effort into making the absent parent pay as they do dividing the population and turning them against each other so they can carry on shafting ALL of us while we fight amongst ourselves.

  • BorisRoscin

    6 months ago

    BorisRoscin

    Does anybody know who is that shadow commentator making ironic/sarcastic fake comments throughout the video? I wonder how much Channel 5 has paid him for this embarrassing job. What do we know about Channel 5? Launched and founded in December 1974 and currently owned by Richard Desmond, it publishes the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday, and the magazines OK!, New!, Star, and TV Pick Magazine. Northern & Shell also owns three entertainment television channels: Channel 5, 5* and 5USA. The company also owns Portland TV,[1] which owns the adult TV channels; Television X, Red Hot TV, and others. Richard Clive Desmond - net worth £950mln. It says it all.

  • Unfair.

    6 months ago

    Unfair.

    It's shameful. I understand how these are the extreme end of the benefits spectrum, but that woman nearly got a small mansion for making 12 kids. The people shown are able to afford Sky tv, ipads and... food! Whilst my parents work their bums off and struggle to afford the weekly shop! I appreciate some people really do struggle and need support of the welfare state, and it was designed to combat the 7 evils, yet it has become the perfect target for some people to take advantage of.

  • Boris Roscin

    6 months ago

    Boris Roscin

    Hi! I'm strongly offended by this TV show. I have already complained to OFCOM for violation of Program Code Section 1 (Family Viewing Policy and Respect for Human Dignity) and suggest everybody to follow my route. This program is an embarrassment. There are ONLY 40 families with 11+ kids in the UK though millions of claimants. Secondly, maybe they should do a documentary about true people 'on benefits and proud' like in Italy where there are 188,000 owners of luxury cars, 518 owners of private planes and helicopters, 42,000 owners of yachts yet they ALL declared income of less than 20,000EUR. If you think that situation in the UK is different, challenge me. Full guide to complaint could be found here: //FB Group I STAND BY YOU

  • hammers64

    6 months ago

    hammers64

    The whole benefits system needs completely overhauling to stop people like this exploiting it,and living from the cradle to the grave on handouts.These are the ones who unfortunately get thrown in with genuine job seekers and disabled people.Stop rewarding people who choose to have huge families but have no means other than to scrounge off the state to look after them.Are you honestly saying they would choose this lifestyle if they had to go out and work to support 11 kids.I dont think so.In Victorian England people were actually shamed into entering the work house as there was no benefit system.You worked for your daily bread or you and your family starved.Shame on you lazy sods,and what example are you setting your children.

  • Gee

    6 months ago

    Gee

    Most people on benefit struggle day to day and get rejected from all the jobs they apply. Programme like this paint a false picture on benefit people. These are extreme cases and not normal ones. Just remember 98% of the people on benefit want to work but get rejected by the system or heartless employers. It's depressing not parting on benefits !!!

  • Sarah Well

    6 months ago

    Sarah Well

    Wasn't Julie on Jeremy Kyle?http://uk.tv.yahoo.com/jeremy-kyle-show-mother-daughters-play-pass-parcel-115800586.html

  • Ali

    6 months ago

    Ali

    I have been on benefits for some time. I chose not to have children. And watching this and reading some of the comments shows me the blatent reason why I am still on benefits. Some people are just greedy and take up more than they actually need, they may think they are building the next armarda of rebellion, but how many of them actually have children because they like people? And that is the most important thing, the banksters win because they have loads of kids and then become slaves to the system. At the end of the day in this life, putting food on the table is hard work FULL STOP. And the government owns those children, those people no longer have any rights for the children someone else paid for, they are state owned. Less copulation, more thinking before we all end up being slaves. Or live in a world like the one depicted in the film: Idiocracy. If you think you are saving us all by having way too many children, then you don't really live in the real world, and your offspring will turn around to bite you one day, if not already.

  • Ben Emlyn-Jones

    6 months ago

    Ben Emlyn-Jones

    What a waste of cathode rays that was! And it was a revolting and spiteful propaganda hit piece. Are the characters in this "documentary" really representative of unemployed people as a whole? When I first switched it on I assumed it was some kind of low-budget farcical comedy, On three occasions they tell the viewer that Ms Frost's benefits add up to the equivalent of a £60,000 p.a. salary. It's odd that Channel 5 haven't made a programme about the Bank Bailout, or the war. How much do THEY cost? The characters are filmed extracting large wads of cash from the bank and travelling around town from manicurists, to clothes shops, to pubs, to burger bars. The camera closes up on their opulence, jewellery, cable TV boxes, packets of cigarettes and cans of beer; and the cherry on the cake, the Frost's half million pound house. One of their menfolk is filmed in several scenes lying on a couch. One of the shots cleverly shows him sitting reclined on the coach from a low angle, emphasizing the bulk of his lower body and therefore making him look like a generic "couch potato". After their shopping sprees the family go home to eat, drink and make merry while their overfilled shopping bags tip out onto the kitchen floor. This entire light-hearted slice of life has a dark and acidic undertone that is intended to make the viewers' blood boil. The UK Government is currently on a project to dismantle the Welfare State, force the unemployed onto civic labour schemes and make life generally as uncomfortable as possible for anybody receiving benefits. The falsehood is being promoted that unemployment is a "lifestyle choice" rather than a national disaster caused simply by a lack of jobs, something that very few people indeed wish for. But when the Government is trying to raise public support for its scheme, will said public be thinking of the queues of miserable people outside the Job Centre Plus being interrogated by staff who are mentally abusive? Will they be thinking of the thousands of families living off food stamps and picking up grocery boxes from the Red Cross? No, they'll be thinking of Ms Frost and her accomplices, wrongly thinking that every town has a huge underclass of Heather Frosts bleeding "respectable taxpaying citizens" dry. In truth, Heather Frost and the others are virtually freak cases which have probably been filmed very selectively to portray them in a prearranged way. A skilled TV programme maker can do that kind of thing to anybody if they know how. The question only remains: has the great British public enough intelligence to see through this shameful travesty or are they just going to believe it and fall into line like their masters demand. Time will tell, but the comments in this box are cause for encouragement.

  • Richard Massey

    6 months ago

    Richard Massey

    I'm on the dole & proud. I apply for 30-40+ jobs per week, I stick to the job seekers agreement. I'm doing everything I can to seek work, and even ask employers if I can partake in any unpaid work trials etc. I'm no scrounger, I just want a JOB!!!

  • Tophat

    6 months ago

    Tophat

    Trouble is the gov chases the wrong ones. I activly seek work everyday, but my age is against me. I have certain criteria to fulfil, to show that I'm jobseeking, yet people like this go on t.v. and the gov does nothing, just keeps hounding the genuine. Loads of peps round my way on DLa yet spend all day in pub and bookies and brag. Pub opposite the Jobcentre and nothing ever done.

  • Immigrant from Eastern Europe

    6 months ago

    Immigrant from Eastern Europe

    The real problem UK has is this - people thinking that goverment has to give them money. This kids from the programme what they can learn from their parents? Only that doing nothing pays off. This is very wrong...

  • Mark

    6 months ago

    Mark

    She admits she buys stolen goods so I'm more curious as to how she got away with that on the program? It is a criminal offense afterall to either receive stolen goods/property or buy it ... As for the chick wanting 30 grand a year through employment or she won't bother looking for work is a joke .. If she wants that much per year get off her backside and work for it .. The other chick (the wife) not bothering to look for work either because it will take away all her money to splash away on cigs etc should be kicked off benefits not a damn thing wrong with her .. And whats wrong with working in Mcdonalds? At the very least it will give the chick some experience in a field .. Speaking from the perspective of a person who was recently laid off it makes me sick that I now get thrown into the same category as these people .. I look daily for work but my issue is hours per week .. Very few jobs suitable for me at the moment are more than 8 hrs a week. The most would be 16 hrs .. And im in the middle so I get very little help compared to other age groups (im 29) so I don't get any schemes like the youth employment schemes or first start schemes or others .. I don't get the 50+ schemes etc .. When will they give us middle of the road folks a scheme (not that their seems to be the work and hours to cover it regardless .. I was at an interview last week which I thought went well and I got very chatty with the guy doing the interview .. He just happened to tell me that he hasn't stopped interviewing in 3 days and he had atleast another 2 days to go .. He had over 2000 people apply for ONE position .. I'd kill to be out working full time right now instead of stuck at home twiddling my thumbs and looking at listings for jobs .. I do agree with one thing said though, the training they help you get? Pointless .. They have NO courses suitable for what I do and they told me point blank the government cut their funding for alot of training programes .. Now its all qualifications or courses that some employers don't even look at seriously

  • lenin

    6 months ago

    lenin

    propaganda, turn off your televisions and revolt

  • Peanut

    6 months ago

    Peanut

    OMG Vinny & Julie been on Jeremy Kyle!!! Wonder what Julie Disability!! As a full time carer of family members I wish the government would review Carers Allowance!!! Also Heather been in papers.

  • Craig Cronin

    6 months ago

    Craig Cronin

    The benefits system is more than adequate, the issue is people in this country also want to have their 42 inch screen, 40 cigarettes a day, sky, broadband, mobile phones etc etc. There are genuine people would like to work but can't but would never act like this and understand the value of money. Get out to work you lazy gits!!!

  • anna

    6 months ago

    anna

    Same Vinny and Julie from JEREMY KYLE ??

  • Sally

    6 months ago

    Sally

    Sick and tired of these programmes. Very negative and makes it worse for those who really need help let alone adding to the profile that those on benefits are all .scroungers

  • Tony C

    6 months ago

    Tony C

    All this programme proves is that the Government & it's various agencies aren't doing their job properly. You sign on as a job seeker, each signing you're supposed to provide evidence of your job search. Fail to meet the criteria set by the government & job centre staff, your payments are suspended. I suggest C5 reports these on the show ( enter appropriate description ), then get back to us with what the authorities actually did. If a system fails, or is abused, it is the fault & responsibility of those who run it. Not everyone who needs that system for hopefully short term help. Those ( unprintable ) on this programme are the ( worst ) exception, not the general rule.

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  • RobD

    6 months ago

    RobD

    Yet again a good example of a benefits system that is completely abused. The Labour government failed to get a grip and even promoted this. I hope honest hardworking people will never give there vote to benefit Britain (Labour). Roll on Conservatives and sort the long term unemployed out. Tax the spare rooms, Make them work for us, Make them sign on everyday, Cap there benefits!!! Benefits=Insurance. Insurance=premium. premium=WORK!

  • Jackie Chan

    6 months ago

    Jackie Chan

    Wouldn't it make sence for the Govenment only to pay out for the length of time that you have paid in yourself? Or if you haven't paid in at all then you'd have to use an emergancy fund which was very limited and rather than give people money why not give them food vouchers so they don't spend it on drink, drugs and fags.

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  • lexy

    6 months ago

    lexy

    What a disgrace. Im a single mother of 2 and have unfortunately spent time in the dole system. The money i received never met our needs, dont know how the single mums could afford to smoke and go out . This programme made me cringe. It makes the decent people who receive money off the Government look like a joke. Is this really what we pay our taxes for?

  • KeithMurray

    6 months ago

    KeithMurray

    The woman was seen buying stolen goods, why has she not been arrested for "handling stolen goods" as it is a criminal offence ? Channel five should have reported it to the police Please advise moderator ?

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  • martin

    6 months ago

    martin

    well what can i say, unfortunately its the usual, i,ve worked since i left school, i work 2 jobs, pay my way and would be mortified if i lost my jobs and had to claim benefit, how ever it would appear that some people have no or little morals. i dont live beyond my means, i live in an ex council house, work for the nhs and private health care companies. has this country really become that easy to take the mickey out of the benefits system, i thought that all those years ago it was started to aid people truely stuck in a rutt, not those whot cant be bothered . lets hope the government reforms the bnefit system even further.

  • Doris Magoo

    6 months ago

    Doris Magoo

    vouchers for food, kids clothing & fuel. The fags, tattoos, beer, false nails they can work for.... oh, if they find they can work for those luxuries, perhaps they can work full stop!!! Who can afford all those luxuries plus 3 motorbikes, a car and a van. Well, you'd have to be on benefits to!!! Oh my gawd my sides hurt ... its so wrong its funny. PS posted similar earlier & it was 'removed by moderator'? Why why why? I'm just saying....

  • Tom

    6 months ago

    Tom

    I have worked everyday since leaving school at 16 with no qualifications but gained experience and qualifications over my 26 years in work. Some people need the benefits system as an interim period and anybody can fall on hard times. However, people who spend benefits to fund their alcohol and cigarette habit cannot whinge and whine when they have no money left to by food or pay bills. The benefits system is for day to day living not pay for cable TV in multi-rooms. I believe benefit should be paid 80-90% in vouchers for food and clothes with a nominal sum of it in cash. I do not support all the current government cuts but fully support their attempts to cull the welfare bill. I also believe there should be a cap on the number of children one can have funded by the state.

  • lucylou

    6 months ago

    lucylou

    These people make me laugh.Council house's, Pets, Fags, Alcohol ,Junk Food. The comment that people who work are jealous. No love we are sick and tired for paying for all of the above. why is it they have all got bad teeth. sort them out!!!!

  • k bell

    6 months ago

    k bell

    The programme was making a point about those who milk the benefits system and not aimed at everybody that claims.There are those that would rather get free money and those that genuinly cannot work ,i myself am a single parent of three but i choose to work as i want to set my children standards and values in life and yes times are hard but i chose to have them ,this programme was specifically pin pointing those that have children as a means of a cash point.

  • stevie

    6 months ago

    stevie

    education would be a start cant they work out even with all those kids they would get tax credit for every one child benefits for them adult working tax credit and there wage IF THEY WENT TO WORK SO WOULDNT BE WORSE OFF. THEY ARE coning there own familys by not going to work

  • Christina

    6 months ago

    Christina

    I had an amazing job I loved until one day I woke up on morning to find myself paralized. My husband has worked for 30 years until during the recession he was made redundant. He is now 55 and would gladly take ANY job....but is refused time and time again against younger people. WE ARE BOTH ON BENEFITS NOW....but every month my parents still have to help me out. We are totally despasired. We did not deserve this. Our live is hell. And made even worse by bad journalism like that on the channel 5 programme. We have never done anything wrong. Everyone of you out there can get disabled tomorrow. Anyone can loose their job and find it impossible to find another. Walk in my husbands shoes foir one day or lay in bed instead of me in agonising pain. and then judge us. I have no idea where channel 5 found those people, hired clowns for then sake of the program...but they are not your normal people who desperately depend on the taxpayers help and are, as I consider myself, worthy of that help.

  • Laura Turnbull

    6 months ago

    Laura Turnbull

    this is outrageous. I admit hands down that I am on benefits & have been for a long period due to mental health problems. I am currently trying to get off benefits and gain employment. At least I'm sensible enough to not want to bring a child into the world until I am in paid employment unlike those lazy idiots who want everything handed to them on a plate. At least the daughter of one of them has got herself a job so my praise goes to her. It's people like them that give people like myself & other friends i have with various health problems a bad name not to mention it makes it harder to get the help that we genuinely need.

  • Jason

    6 months ago

    Jason

    @amased, I am eating spaghetti because that's all I can afford on a free public wifi link on a laptop I've borrowed from my brother for a week, Your right I don't know poverty!

  • THE GREAT RED RAGON

    6 months ago

    THE GREAT RED RAGON

    LOST FOR WORDS! Kids being murdered in anfield blight and depravation and happy socialy inept people being given a pay rise? Must be something else going on, a bigger picture.. Steralise them and fix their teeth under one anasathetic-The late great Bill Hicks

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  • Amazed

    6 months ago

    Amazed

    im wondering who is ignorant!! the program was thrown together with no real truth the two families in the program need educating not abuse,its easy pointing the finger when you have never known poverty.

  • jason

    6 months ago

    jason

    I LOVE the Phone comment :) - atleast Laura has a decent head on her shoulders

  • RobertBaker

    6 months ago

    RobertBaker

    looking at comments here it is blatantly obvious that britain only pretends to be great. I hear people talk about the fairness and kindness that made britain great, but all i see here is whingers and selfish whiners who think only about themselves crying 'poor me, have to work for peanuts', then GET OFF YOUR LAZY BEHINDS AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Vote for someone who will provide decent jobs with decent wages instead of falling into the tory trap of blaming the most vulnerable in society. England has become terrible/intolerant and uncaring, cant wait to get away!

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  • Jason

    6 months ago

    Jason

    I get JSA and I have to use 2 weeks of that towards my rent so I live on £5 a day for a month. I have retrained with 7 new qualifications at my own expense and I can't geta job. People like her make my skin crawl, she has no idea what being hard up is!

  • me

    6 months ago

    me

    OMG.it doesn't metter she gets 60000 a year from my tax,but there is no way I would wanna live like this!She made that choise to live like a dog with 11 kids in small,dirty crouded house.Hers choise!!!!

  • C.Bain

    6 months ago

    C.Bain

    OMG.........aaaaaaahhhh. What is there left to say about these people.I like many others have worked for 40 years never never claimed a penny but my hard eared cash that I pay tax on goes to these people.Who are the MUG'S and who are the ones laughing all the way to the bank. it would be so much nicer to see these people cash flow stopped and make them go into the real world and find a job. Also I would love to know what they do with their time alday because their houses are filthy but when you have your nails done like these it's no wonder.

  • Sept14yes

    6 months ago

    Sept14yes

    This government makes my blood boil one of these scroungers wants £500 a week after bills paid. What planet is she on I earn a decent wage and have nothing anywhere near that to spend. Another blatantly buys stolen goods - why is she not arrested.as for the two getting nails etc done I wonder why the hell I bother to work

  • trish

    6 months ago

    trish

    I keep the fact that i am on ESA to myself. I will not need it once i get this condition under control with the right medication. It has taken years to get it diagnosed, mean while i could not work. I have lots of qualifications and job experience, i have had jobs taken away at the end of the interview because they failed to mention before hand that i needed a car or previous experience and not just the ability to do the job. I have done courses while in employment and it came to nought when i went for a better paid job. I never wanted to be on benefits, but in between jobs i had to so i could seek work and keep myself housed and fed. I got laughed at for the low paid jobs which were not going any where, yet no one would give me a better job unless i got a car and some experience. It is a case of damned which ever way it goes for people like me. Some are scroungers, but most are genuine. Tony Blair tried to turn the workers against the unemployed, he gets paid to open his mouth. It is easy for those higher up to stone the ones lower down. I do not need any ones respect, i will work once an employer gives me a break, the only ones to do so were the jobs no one else wanted to do. Having done courses while working full time, it did not open doors for me. I do not regret it, i tried.

  • Michael harrington

    6 months ago

    Michael harrington

    When you think about it and look at the figures, most of the money for this budget actually goes onto the pension schemes for public workers and not into the pockets of those on benefits. I still think that these people are milking the system and such, but if most of the money goes onto the pension scheme, will cutting back on benefits actually make a big enough dent? I am not defending it I am merely pointing out that there could be other areas we could make cuts in.

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  • R. Lambert

    6 months ago

    R. Lambert

    I do understand that this programme is not representative of everybody claiming benefits but it does show how bad this country has become and how seriously bad government by mostly labour. I've been on benefits in the past and believe you me, it ain't nice and definitely not dignifying. What I see here is a small portion of people who are lazy baby machines, who have been allowed to have this attitude that they have rights and entitlements, so why the hell should they get a job. The thing is, you can't reason with stupidity, and if you throw in a nice house and a cheque there's no deterrent nor motivation to get up and work. I have to laugh at the young girl who says she needs 30 grand a year, so do I luv haha, I work 45 hours a week and I have more kids than you and don't get quite that, but that's life, I have to struggle on and learn and train and work to get more. I think the govt have to introduce the measures that they are, it won't be popular, and people who are playing by the rules will undoubtedly fall on hard times, but there ain't no way to fix this in a perfect way, so deal with it, and try harder.

  • Hacked Off Full-Time worker and Mum

    6 months ago

    Hacked Off Full-Time worker and Mum

    All i will say, is if you havent paid into the system then you shouldnt be entitled to claim! The fact that people are actually proud to be living off hard earned tax payers money and will openly admit they take home triple the amount some of us do by working full-time makes my blood boil! This country is a shambles!

  • kevin boulton

    6 months ago

    kevin boulton

    Not being funny but the first woman, kid who's birthday it is has a massive squint, she should be in galsses and getting that sorted, not doing so is tantamount to child abuse!!

  • lou

    6 months ago

    lou

    When you next go to your children's school or local shop or walk on a clean pathway. They are the people you should be thanking. Not because they teach your children or make sure you or your family do not step in dog mess.Or people on a till putting your shopping through. They pay you. The workers get there money taken away and non workers get to enjoy!!!!

  • RobertBaker

    6 months ago

    RobertBaker

    The ACTUAL average figure for JSA is £71.80 pw.Out of this most people have to pay a contribution to their rent, water rates, inflated electricity and gas costs. Taking away costs for household goods, food, clothes, telephone, tv license. Now those complaining about scroungers should consider what their lives would be like after doing the maths. Being on benefits is hell for most people and the govt re doing nothing to help people into work, nor create decent paid jobs, they are trying to create a poorly paid underclass and using law to create it. Its telling when save the children is for the first time in its 120 year existence is now having to petition for children in this country. This govt want to create a 3rd world nation.

  • lucy

    6 months ago

    lucy

    Work Work Work if you don't know what this word means your not at work. Im the mug who is.

  • LisaJ

    6 months ago

    LisaJ

    What a total misreprentation on poverty. Showing a one sided argment is not the answer, and has generated a raft of hatred for people who are already finding it hard to make ends meet. Not everyone is on benefits and proud, and maybe there is a programme to be made on 'benefits and not proud' or living in poverty. So angry!

  • Gareth Beale

    6 months ago

    Gareth Beale

    wow im on benfits n i ay proud i hate it i want a job as a father i think i should be earning the wage for my family not benfits its horrible beeing on jsa searching for work over a year now and doing every course the job centre offers me because i want a job i am not proud of living on benfits i hate it i want to get off it as soon as i can. if i ay got a job this time next year im think trying abroad for work only other option

  • RobertBaker

    6 months ago

    RobertBaker

    Really shocked at the lack of intelligence from those who choose to actually think these people are representative of people on benefits. What about all the long term ill and disabled who are being forced through hoops by this government. Anyone who thinks that Rupert Murdoch paints an honest opinion of anything needs to stop buying the tabloids and take their heads out their backsides. People are DYING because of this govts draconian new benefit laws ( i volunteer at a CAB so know exactly whats going on). Try becoming more media savvy rather than believing everything you read or see on TV!

  • AngryOldPensioner

    6 months ago

    AngryOldPensioner

    When will people stop referring to PENSIONS as benefits - it is actually a wage that you paid into for 30-plus years........

  • bob

    6 months ago

    bob

    scum! most working class people don't even earn £900 a week. And they have to live in a bedsit or a tiny flat cause they can afford a big house. Its no wonder people don't want to go back to work when your better of on the dull.

  • Tophat

    6 months ago

    Tophat

    Not typical of people on benefits but shouldn't be happening. The older couple have been on Jezza so think that says it all. Trouble is unless these people are stopped the people they produce will continue the "culture" of thir parents. This was evident last night. Stop benefit for people breeding before they can pay in the system. They do it because they can.

  • jim

    6 months ago

    jim

    Lets make everyone out of a job work for their benefits. Our streets, beaches, countryside and towns need cleaning. If they have enough time and money to smoke and go to the pub then lets give them a community job to do. Hope the woman who said on camera see buys stolen goods is now going to be arrested and charged.

  • THE GREAT RED DRAGON

    6 months ago

    THE GREAT RED DRAGON

    Just about to watch it now apparently part of it s filmed by our home ilivpool my neigbour said he wants to go around with a brick in a sock, whatever that means?

  • K Luther

    6 months ago

    K Luther

    Channel 5 has chosen to put on a freakshow with the poorest of our society ( and I don’t mean financially poor), they have exploited low intellect families who from the look of it need psychiatric and social-care help. It is the system that is at fault and not these individuals. What was your objective Channel 5 apart from profit, do you have moral values in your organization? You certainly have not maintained them in this program.

  • DaveSimpson

    6 months ago

    DaveSimpson

    Can't understand how anyone on here can think this is political propaganda. Did the words not flow from the mouths of those featured. All I saw was how proud they were at working the system !!

  • Barry Parry

    6 months ago

    Barry Parry

    Responsible and unbiased as ever. Well done, Channel 5. Adam Faith's dying words were completely on the money.

  • michelle

    6 months ago

    michelle

    IM A MUM OF TWO CHILDREN ONE OF WHOM IS DISABLED AND I CANNOT WORK BECAUSE OF MY FULL TIME CARING ROLE WHAT I WOULD GIVE TO GET BACKOUT TO WORK!!!!! its not about money all the time but it makes you feel like a productive member of society and i dont feel like that at the min we barely scrape by how ppl get virgin and sky i dont know i struggle to pay £10 a month on my phone and i get unlimited everything but to have computers sky virgin takeaways and drink??? etc i wish we could ppl like this make me mad while the old and disabled are being punnished its rediculous!!

  • A_Singh

    6 months ago

    A_Singh

    AHhhhh!! i WONT be buying talk-talk or Direct line!

  • Kim Alger

    6 months ago

    Kim Alger

    STOP paying benefits as ready cash , use a card system so no cash is ever given and make the card only valid to buy certain goods ie NO luxuries like booze, cigarettes, Virgin or sky TV etc can be purchased. Its a crazy world when NON workers can afford both SKY and VIRGIN TV while some worker can afford neither !

  • Robyn Young

    6 months ago

    Robyn Young

    I had to choose to only have two children despite wanting a third as I simply could not afford it, it never crossed my mind to stop working & ask everyone else to keep me! My children have grown up understanding the value of work & money & now have fabulous careers of their own. They would not have achieved that if I had taken the selfish route & gone on benefits. Nobody should be able to claim for more than two children.

  • AndrewZoey

    6 months ago

    AndrewZoey

    I am Dutch, living in The Netherlands, and was amazed by this programme. Why isn't there any shame amongst these people? I was shocked!

  • Anthony

    6 months ago

    Anthony

    Having watched last nights programme made me boil! There are plenty of lazy lumps who will never work like the people on this show;it's time these people where given a wakeup call and made to go and find work and if they don't then just pull the plug on them!

  • DaveSimpson

    6 months ago

    DaveSimpson

    The benefit system was put in place to help those in need and as such is a good thing. The problem is The benefit culture where it's easier to milk the system that to do a days work. We shouldn't penalise the needy because of the greedy. Pay ALL benefits by a method that makes it impossible for it to be spent on fags, booze, drugs, Sky TV, holidays etc, then cut the payments to these serial benefit scroungers. Then make them have to sign on at 8.30 Monday to Friday.

  • sarah

    6 months ago

    sarah

    i am on benefits and can hardly get around some days but feel i am not disabled enough compared to some people to claim disability benefits, but then i watch this programme then i see that the women who is living in anfield is claiming the disability benefit but looked ok to me smoking, walking with heavy bags,running around etc.not sure what benefit she is claiming. just makes me wanna scream

  • Richard

    6 months ago

    Richard

    Who are the idiots the works or the scrounges ?

  • Mark Clement

    6 months ago

    Mark Clement

    I have not got a home. I work but as i am a bankrupt i can not rent privatly. I have to live in my car or a hotel. I would love a house to call my own.

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  • Bob Moore

    6 months ago

    Bob Moore

    It's nice to see that the majority of people posting on here aren't fooled by this Tory propaganda. Blame everything on the worthless unemployed and benefit scroungers. (While the likes of all the old Etonians in the cabinet, Osborne and Cameron, etc) and their banker parents are still making a fortune. Of course the economic crisis was nothing to do with the bankers was it? We all know that.

  • dazzer

    6 months ago

    dazzer

    There are lots who Cannot Work! It Would be Torture! You Try Living In Constant Severe bordering on Traumatic Pain. You cannot even Make Your Bed!

  • max

    6 months ago

    max

    this program made by blood bubble...not all ppl on benefits are scroungers...i know hell alot of british white collar ppl who feel ashamed of going to job centre to get benefits...who worked there bones off and paid taxes ...but when they were made redundant ...they were treated worser than animals by job centre staff and being told they dont qulifay for benefits...and on the other hand you see these ppl taking the mick out of the system ....wat a joke where did the rule of fair society went...being a working class citizen of britian i feel ashamed of paying any taxes i did with my hard earnt money ... and still nhs,police and fire dept needs budget cuts rather than these ppl.

  • Danny Strachan

    6 months ago

    Danny Strachan

    Channel 5 need to get their facts straight. It's pensioners that get most of the benefits bill. JSA claimants get only about 10% of the bill. But this programme is telling the truth, that there are scroungers out that that milk the system for all it's worth. These people make the genuine people look bad.

  • Nat.P

    6 months ago

    Nat.P

    Seriously, some of us on benefits actually need it. I have worked my whole life up until the point i became too ill to work. This is a poor representative of people who claim benefits. And is the exception to the rule. The lady who wants £500 after paying taxes and bills a week is just ridiculous. I'm on high rate DLA and Support ESA and i don't even have that a week left over.

  • Emma jones

    6 months ago

    Emma jones

    My employer (an airline) lays off around 200 workers every winter. 99% of those layed off for 6 months will find work. They start looking a month before there layed off and always find things! They do it every year!!!!!! There are jobs out there, these people are proof of it! I have worked since I was 16. I'm now 28 and have been in my current job for 8 years! I left sch with no qualifications and get paid way over the average! I have no connection with my fathers side- they are all bums n live on benefits, in council estates!

  • DavidJames

    6 months ago

    DavidJames

    Having just watched this programme - i am past angry. These people will die young through ill health having done nothing with their lives, seen no part of the world, achieved nothing and their kids will do exactly the same as will their kids - it is an absolute shambles - i work, and i work damned hard for holidays in St Lucia, a nice car and a nice house - i am not angry because i will always be better than these parasites.

  • Bebe

    6 months ago

    Bebe

    All it wants is everyone to hate people on benefits, it is there to help people and it makes everyone seem to scrounge when actually alot of people aren't and shouldn't be abused for using the system for what it was attended to help them

  • Politics is as bad as religion

    6 months ago

    Politics is as bad as religion

    I haven't watched it and I won't. We all know the type of lowlife who revel in notoriety. These are not the " average " benefit claimer, they disgust most of the unemployed more so than the tax payer. Don't believe the propaganda, most benefit payments go to OAP & tax credits / housing benefit to low paid workers. Divide & rule is an ancient maxim, still highly regarded at Oxford & Cambridge.

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  • andrea Williamson

    6 months ago

    andrea Williamson

    After 30 years working 21 of those as a civil servant my life changed dramatically this year and I find myself redundant alone with my 10 year old child to raise . Thank goodness the benefits system is there to save me at this difficult time but what I need is real support to help me get back to working. Dole scrounger is not something I want to be. Please can someone look at the lack of support for people like me instead of labling me as a scrounger.

  • Joseph Star

    6 months ago

    Joseph Star

    This country is an absolute joke. The whole benefit system needs to be overhauled, fit to work until proven otherwise and not the other way round. The system is there to support, not to replace.

  • Just one of millions.

    6 months ago

    Just one of millions.

    Pretty disgusting display. In this country, there are somewhere between 2.5 and 5.5 million - depending on which statistics you wish to believe - unemployed people, and fewer than 0.5 million jobs. That leaves 2 million plus people unemployed NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO. It is UNAVOIDABLE. I've been unemployed since being made redundant 4 years ago. Until the reduction in council tax benefit early this year, I had the grand total of £20 per month that wasn't spent in advance paying bills, buying food, etc. Since the change in council tax benefit, I have roughly £20 every three months to spend on... whatever I want. Truly, I and the vast majority of people who rely on social security, are living the dream. Living large. And THIS crap, this insignificant statistical anomaly, is what you people choose to make TV programmes about. Great job.

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  • max

    6 months ago

    max

    why the hell moderator is deleting so many comments ...i thoughtwe had a freedom of speech in britian or isit jus a saying ....lol...channel 5 dared to show a program like this and majority of ppl are in sort of channel 5 ...so dont understand why they keep deleting the comments this is my fourth comment if its not posted i am not watching 5 no more....they shouldnt play programs if they cant handle the british public reaction

  • Terry Cooley

    6 months ago

    Terry Cooley

    Propaganda, pushing government agenda, end of story. If you got mad watching this, then the program has had the intended effect.

  • teresa

    6 months ago

    teresa

    its is so wrong the gov needs to cut there benefits to mach the wages of a working mum

  • Sophia

    6 months ago

    Sophia

    ''i'm knackered'' you've done nothing all day.. ''i'm an independent person, I don't rely on anyone'' right.. but your happy to rely on the state to pay for your nails and expect so much for nothing. If you gave everyone the vote on where to send their taxes I guarantee that people wouldn't get as much, in fact you'd see the money decrease massively. Not only that but you put the politicians in the real world, working and see how they handle it. They have had everything from their parents and been through uni, but yet they know nothing about anything out here in the world. Beggars can't be choosers doesn't mean anything to these people anymore.

  • louise

    6 months ago

    louise

    I am a single mom daughter at uni and son of 11 I work 16 hrs a wk have a mortgage beautiful home n garden love my job get £1000 average a mth n I can manage!!!! That young girl so proud to have a job IS doing the correct thingher lazy lowlife mother should be ashamed to try pputting her off working!

  • Paul

    6 months ago

    Paul

    Well I hope Channel 5 will now make a documentary telling the truth of having to live on benefits instead of this false image. Channel 5 have done nothing but further demonise the majority of benefit claimants who would rather work than claim benefits, or even are working but still have to claim benefits. This documentary unintentionaly raised several questions including who really benefits from all this money, is it those who get the money or the private landlords and those providing HP to people on benefits? Are those appearing on the programme really showing their real fears or playing up to the camera? Are the comments made on the programme, by those participating, attempts at justifying inner feelings of guilt? Channel 5 must now take responsibility for directing peoples anger toward some of the most vulnerable in society

  • Sophie

    6 months ago

    Sophie

    ''i'm knackered me'' You've done nothing all day! ''i'm an independent person, I don't rely on anyone'' right... but you rely on the state and everyone working to pay for you to get your nails done... If you gave workers the chance to vote not to give a penny to benefit cheats, the pay for them would decrease massively, not only that, stick the politicians in the real world, working and all! they've been brought up to go uni and be paid for by their parents, they know nothing about real life! Bloody ridiculous!

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  • Confused

    6 months ago

    Confused

    I wonder how much they would gain in working tax credits if they did work, i'm sure they would be on more than what they are on now... wouldn't they?

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  • Confused

    6 months ago

    Confused

    I wonder how much they would gain in working tax credits if they did work, i'm sure they would be on more than what they are on now... wouldn't they?

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  • Jezz Anthony

    6 months ago

    Jezz Anthony

    John I read your original post and agree ... Why was this post removed ? He clearly stated not all benefit claims fit this "mode" you portray

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  • Luke

    6 months ago

    Luke

    Why are you removing so many comments? They can't all be full of bad language... surprised at the negative response to such an unbalanced programme?

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  • saban demirbasa

    6 months ago

    saban demirbasa

    The Victorians must be turning in their graves. The system was set up to help people at the most difficult time in their life, NOT a way of life. We are now the laughing stock of the world and I am disgusted as a British tax payer that my hard-earned salary allows this to happen, the system must change for everyone's benefit - we are not helping these people but instead fuelling the fire.

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  • Emma

    6 months ago

    Emma

    If those in receipt of benefits can decide not to work, then why can't those of us who work decide not to pay tax out of our salary each month! Then there wound be no money to pay benefits!

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  • Jenny armstead

    6 months ago

    Jenny armstead

    My mum has worked all her life and now has onset of Parkinson's ! She has been rufused benifits three times ! She drags her leg as has and her left arm won't move ! What a joke . Obviously she went wrong with working all her life and not popping out 10 kids . By the way I work with two Kids for less the wage than the women not working with 4 kids !!!!

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  • philip

    6 months ago

    philip

    I work hard low pay I pay full rent council tax have kids how can they say there are proud it makes me sick

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  • Richie Hannah

    6 months ago

    Richie Hannah

    I have got nothing against genuine people who are claiming benefits. Thats what the system was designed for. It was not designed to keep people in this type of luxury. I would stop giving these people money and instead supply them with the basics they need. Sky/virgin is not a necessity its a luxury.

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  • not known

    6 months ago

    not known

    discustiing living off the state while people pay taxes for u to live off

  • hammers64

    6 months ago

    hammers64

    There is a vast difference between these scroungers and people who genuinely cannot work through illness and disability.The whole system was introduced to specifically help the needy where as these people are just lazy and feel the state and we as tax payers should keep them.The shock of going to work would probably kill them.I would say shame on you to them,but these people have no shame or pride so whats the point.How can they hold their heads up and say they are proud of living like this.?.where theres no sense there is no feeling.

  • Hayley

    6 months ago

    Hayley

    This has been made by the Daily Mail Readers....A lot of the benefit spending actually goes on tax credits and topping people up who even work full time but earn very little from their jobs. How about a programme on companies who pay awful wages, offer 0 hours contracts...or even the tax evaders...hang on that would probably be the same programme. That would probably be worth paying my tv license for!

  • Voluntary Worker (FULL TIME)

    6 months ago

    Voluntary Worker (FULL TIME)

    Everybody has something to offer while out of work, working voluntary is one of them! If families, parents, grandparents etc have battled for this country... they should be entitled to benefits as priority! If you don't like an English person seeking benefits take a look at the foreign collections!

  • suemills

    6 months ago

    suemills

    sue I am on benefits through having a industrial accident, i object to being called a scrounger, i am never without pain, night or day, And as for the government spending millions on Atos, who only reported lies in my case, yet i still know loads of people working and claiming, while i am being hounded to death, My only crime was to have a severe accident at a job i did for 18 and loved every minute.

  • Sarah hawkes

    6 months ago

    Sarah hawkes

    As someone who pays for a tv licence, I object that I'm inadvertently paying for these people to have any publicity whether it's good or bad. I will not be watching

  • dan

    6 months ago

    dan

    about Hather Frost,i wonder if she declares how much she was paid to film inside her house and that her old man has been living there and working all these years. i doubt it

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  • Surplus Labour

    7 months ago

    Surplus Labour

    Could you possibly have devised a more misleading statistic than the one in your header? Jobseekers allowance only accounts for 3% of welfare spending. Thats 5bn out of a total 180bn Yet you seek to imply that it's a fifth of every pound. More tax spend on benefits goes to subsidising low wage exploitative employers and predatory landlords than to the unemployed. Will you be making a program about them?

  • Surplus Labour

    7 months ago

    Surplus Labour

    I hope the people responsible for this program one day experience the reality of living on benefits. It is very likely they would become better people because of it.

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  • Richard Bridge

    7 months ago

    Richard Bridge

    This seems to be the latest series of programmes which can only be called 'poverty porn'. The perfect counterpoint to this is the real reality of people living on benefits. Next week, a group called Dole Animators will be launching an animation online of the lived experience of benefits in a film called 'All in this together ? are benefits ever a lifestyle choice ?'. I urge people to look them on their website, facebook or twitter and see what their experiences are really like

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  • dan the man

    7 months ago

    dan the man

    when the govt sort out the billions in unpaid tax by rich corporations and own up to the 30+ million of taxpayers money that IDS wasted,, oh and the bankers too.. when THAT is all acounted for then yes lets tackle the people living on ten pounds a day and their 'luxury' lifestyle..would you want to swap with them.. open your eyes..

  • Realist,

    7 months ago

    Realist,

    Right wing drivel ? at least we know where all the labour supporters are, get real people spongers are spongers. And I nearly ruined my keyboard when I read the tory supporting bbc comment ! I guess you have stopped taking your meds.

  • Diane

    7 months ago

    Diane

    This is an obvious attack on the poor in our society! Just like George Osbourne used Mick Philpott as a 'Poster child' for parents' on benefits! This may seem unbelievable to you, but, there's scroungers' and thieves amongst the rich (I don't see them rushing to pay their taxes)

  • Norma Roberts

    7 months ago

    Norma Roberts

    Where do they find these extremes!? They should have included me (although I'm not proud to be on benefits) I am 58 and worked for 40 years. I get Employment and support allowance £256 month (I have money deducted because I have a small ill-health pension) £300 month rent and £40 a month council tax which equates to £7152.00 a year. I have one son who has a maths degree and has always worked, but they don't want to know about people like me do they?

  • dean stockton

    7 months ago

    dean stockton

    How can thy claim £1 in every £5 in spent on benefits surely this includes pensions as well so an indirect attack on pensioners as well as people on benefits as well.

  • p.t

    7 months ago

    p.t

    Garbage program. What about the 80% tax on petrol that goes straight to government. RIP-OFF More propaganda Investigate ATOS and DWP

  • Pete in Battersea which is in London btw

    7 months ago

    Pete in Battersea which is in London btw

    Living on 71.70per week isn't fun! After fuel, water, tv, travel, I have less than 2pounds a day for food! So before you say living on benefits is easy, you try it!

  • terry 2

    7 months ago

    terry 2

    "With a fifth of every pound we pay in tax going directly to support benefit claimants" wtf, wait a sec, do channel 5 have some source to support that claim? i'm pretty sure it's a hell of a lot less than that

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  • Rachael Stanley

    7 months ago

    Rachael Stanley

    Ditto what the majority have already said. Nothing proud about being on benefits but neither should people feel ashamed of claiming their rights after paying into the system as well as those who have not been able to pay in.

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  • Tiger

    7 months ago

    Tiger

    Don't believe the Tory propaganda channel 5, then spout more yourselves, do some proper research first. And btw only £7 in every £1000 of tax pays for the benefits system which is inclusive of pensions, child tax credits and working tax credits, and other low income subsidies etc etc... I have signed the petition requesting you not to air this discriminative and inappropriate program, as have nearly 3,000 others in the last 24 hours - surely that shows you how wrong this stance is and how much the British public are sick of being portrayed as 'those on benefits being scroungers and living a luxury lifestyle'. How can you work out anyone on benefits lives a luxury lifestyle anyway, which apparently is what you think??! And it's insulting too for the majority who don't see being on benefits as a career choice, only a small number see it like that and they shouldn't. The rest would love to have a job to be able to take, as the majority aren't proud of it at all. We have enough discrimation thank you.

  • Superman!

    7 months ago

    Superman!

    I hope that Channel 5 will put out an announcement before screening On Benefits and Proud. That everyone on benefits are not scroungers, they would like to be able to work but find it difficult to find work. Yes the exceptions as in the above family's mention. But if you ask most people who attend the Job centres, all they want is a job. Ian Duncan Smith, says they are plenty of jobs, what planet is he living on. The simple thing is we have too many people, too few job, WE NEED JOBS. Not forgetting Mr Duncan's, out and out discrimination to kick people with disabilities who where on Incapacity Benefits which has been abolished for ESA. on to job seeker allowance. Speaking myself a person with health problem's I want to work, but have found it a up hill challenge to find an job or employer who would take me on and employ me. Once they find out that you have medical problems, they don't want to know. CHANNEL 5 PLEASE MAKE THAT ANNOUNCMENT THAT NOT EVERONE ON BENEFITS ARE SCROUNGERS LIKE THE ABOVE MENTIONED FAMILYS. MOST PEOPLE ON BENEFITS WANT TOO WORK.

  • Steph S

    7 months ago

    Steph S

    Slow clap channel five...i really thought being an independent channel this sort of drivel would be below you, clearly not the case. You are just continuing to perpetuate the myth that everyone who claims benefits is a lazy, multiple-child-breeding scrounger with zero work ethic and even less ambition in life. Which represents a very tiny minority of actual claimants. And in the process add to the stigma good people who have fallen on hard times face every day of their lives. Well done you. Utterly shameful.

  • mick lewis

    7 months ago

    mick lewis

    why all the hate in the comments? ch5 aren't saying all benefits folk are like this, they are just giving us an entertaining study into the lives of some of them.

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  • sally

    7 months ago

    sally

    another one who makes descent people with thru no fault of their own look bad,the people focused in this program.having loads of kids and expect the state to keep them .should be sent on work programs for their benefit .if they refuse to do it stop all their benefits .plus channel 5 should be ashamed to show this people as it makes the rest of us look just like these

  • John Carstairs

    7 months ago

    John Carstairs

    I am disgusted that Channel 5 churn out the same drivel as the Tory led BBC showing the worse of those on benefits. Show some factual programmes like people being evicted because of the Bedroom Tax, disabled people like my son being abused in the street because of the Tory lies, the people committing suicide every week because of this government! I am now a FORMER Channel 5 viewer, and will be until you stop being another channel for the Tory propaganda machine!

  • kooljeff

    7 months ago

    kooljeff

    More "Poverty Porn" television, denigrating and demonising the the working poor, the disabled and the unemployed. Where is all the documentaries on Tax avoidance and evasion by the rich and business? Where are all the documentaies on offshore tax havens for Old Etonians in the Cabinet. Why no documentary on MPs expenses they can still claim (for example IDS charged the tax-payer for his underpants)?

  • dan

    7 months ago

    dan

    channel 5 you disgraceful people thought you had more tact that the BBC proper gander but just lately along with you and ch 4 you are no better than just becoming like them you make me sick to core all the lot of you making people out something there are not and the majority are not proud of it why don't you do a docu on the real life of how people are really struggle but you wont you never will because as you are part of this Tory government or can you prove me wrong >?

  • CLM

    7 months ago

    CLM

    Is Channel 5 now run by the BBC? Could you not have made an honest programme about benefits? Why not show people who are losing their homes due to the bedroom tax, or people going to food banks to feed their families, or people choosing to eat or heat? People are dying in this country in 2013 due to the Tories and you go and help them. DISGUSTED!!!

  • Anne White

    7 months ago

    Anne White

    I don't think the UK have any professional, decent, intelligent journalists left. All want a quick story with no research. Propaganda is so easy. No need to have facts or use your brain. Shame on you Channel 5. Never watch your station anyway but if I did I wouldn't again.

  • C

    7 months ago

    C

    Petition to be sent to the Head of viewing: http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-channel-five-program-on-benefits-proud?time=1381243000

  • Charlie

    7 months ago

    Charlie

    absolutely disgusted by this upcoming programme. Vilifying people who have paid into the system for years and through no fault of their own have become unemployed or disabled by picking out a few bad eggs or as they are probably better known 'actors' to strengthen the stigma against those receiving help from the state which they misguidedly thought was theirs to help in their time of need. Channel 5 - you have sorely mistaken the mood of the nation at the moment so please either pull this terrible programme or lose even more viewers (and advertising revenue)

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  • Bob

    7 months ago

    Bob

    Wow, where have all you people seen this, I thought it was on next week?

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  • mike brown

    7 months ago

    mike brown

    oh my has the Tory government taken control of ch 5 as well now? the propaganda machine keeps on rolling.

  • Frank.The.Tank.

    7 months ago

    Frank.The.Tank.

    Surprised that there are so many comments on here, channel 5 must have gained another viewer or two......right wing propaganda and drivel at best. Come on channel 5, it's about time you realised what a non-entity you are in the viewing schedule. Glad to say i'm out of the footprint to receive C5....another nothing programme hosted by Dominic Littlewig by any chance.

  • Linda warren

    7 months ago

    Linda warren

    Channel 5 im surprise at you , you had to find the extremes examples , you are getting like the BBC propaganda machine, try to report the real face of benefits

  • kent

    7 months ago

    kent

    Channel 5 should be ashamed of them selves for showing this, what about all the people that are suffering. Why glorify this! Channel 5 open your eyes & see what is happening around you & the suffering that you are fuelling. Disgusted.

  • Allan R Williamson

    7 months ago

    Allan R Williamson

    Yet more propaganda demonising the vulnerable. Sure, you can show the few extreme examples - but in ignoring the FACT that the vast majority of benefit claimants are GENUINE and need social security to survive, this is nothing more than a one sided, biased program. Even the way you present the program is little more than hate speech.

  • Susan Francis

    7 months ago

    Susan Francis

    " a fifth of every pound we pay in tax going directly to support benefit claimants" Your opening statement is very misleading. State Pensions are at least 50% of Benefits ,plus Tax credits are paid to top up Low paid workers who receive less than a living wage. Disablity Living allowance and other benefits for sickness and disability. The percentage of State benefits paid to the unemployed is a small fraction of the overall benefits bill. Shame on you for promoting the Tory propaganda of Strivers and Skivers. Of course there are a few skivers but the vast majority of Benefit Claimants are deserving.

  • The Rainmaker

    7 months ago

    The Rainmaker

    Going By the Comments on this page, it dosn't seem like you have anyone one who agrees with your point view. every comment so far as condemned your program for the filthy misleading lies that is it. maybe the ones who are stupid enough to believe this rubbish .. havn't commented because they are too stupid to be able to read and write.. you'll have to get some office staff later today to makes some comments up on the side of your program. as I'm sure you want to be fair. oh sorry, that's obviously not the case is it

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  • The Rainmaker

    7 months ago

    The Rainmaker

    Some People will Believe it the only side of the story they are seeing. no tv coverage of the protests against mass homelessness during the mass sleep out in over 50 Cities, no TV coverage of the Protest march by 95,000 People in Manchester last week...NO interviews with the sick and disabled people who are losing their homes .. were are the Tv programes about these so called benefit scroungers.

  • worried for our country

    7 months ago

    worried for our country

    Another disgraceful piece, witholding real facts and from a completely biased viewpoint!! Well played by the Government puppets (the media)! Oh,and just so we are clear - I hold a BSc and am not in need of benefits at this time, although this does nit mean that I am naieve enough to think I will never need to! In fact, I claimed JSA for just 12 weeks over the summer, was treated poorly, had money sanctioned for 6 weeks due to a missed appointment which I appealed due to the Job Centre staff actually giving me the wrong date and was still denied, leaving myself an my daughter living £90 a week below the "legal limits" to live on! What is happening is a disgrace and the segregation of our society is being made worse by propoganda such as this! So much for an inclusive society!!

  • The Rainmaker

    7 months ago

    The Rainmaker

    if you wanted to make a program about benefits, maybe you should of bothered to turn up at Manchester last week , 95,000 people protesting benefit cuts. to the sick, and disabled. oh no that wasn;t considered news worthy was it, and now u bother to make a program, it only seems news worthy when its one side of the story u and the government want to show the public. sorry but i wont be watching your biased, government controlled channel anymore

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  • MoronMajority

    7 months ago

    MoronMajority

    Google: Media Propaganda on welfare and Ronald Reagan Welfare Queen

  • MoronMassesAreAlwaysFooled

    7 months ago

    MoronMassesAreAlwaysFooled

    Yawn Desmond Media What do you expect? Can't wait for idiots to be "phuming" over propagandist right-wing television shows like these What the right-wing media wants: pull Pinochet-Era Neo-liberalism (To find out what that means google: Pinochet Bizarre Sexual Torture) and this can only be accomplished by far right propaganda and idiocy of the thick reality tv watching masses.

  • Jenny Howarth

    7 months ago

    Jenny Howarth

    I agree. I am angry that yet again there is another 'factual' documentary about those who work the system. This will only serve to stir up more hate and misguided belief that if you are not seen to be working or claiming benefits then you are living a life of luxury, working the system. Thank you for causing more unneeded stress and upset.

  • Elk

    7 months ago

    Elk

    The corporate media is an unquestioning, propagandizing mouthpiece for the government. The government are representatives of the rich: capitalists, financiers, property-owners. The capitalist only hires only the compulsion of profit, the jobs market has all the labour it requires; the market demands unemployment to keep wages low; unemployment is a violent expulsion from right to produce the necessities of life. There is a class interest in the continual impoverishment of the working-class; (the vast majority), it makes the rich sick to see the pittance the unemployed receive to survive on the most basic level; money which could otherwise be used to speculate and inflate their already bloated portfolios.

  • Susan Kellett

    7 months ago

    Susan Kellett

    Obviously not seen yet but this programme sounds like propaganda on a large scale.... just what do you hope to achieve.... it will hardly be unbiased so you are just feeding the myth that most people on benefits are scroungers.. which is NOT the case...I really wish you lot would make truly factual programmes and not simply buy into the governments campaign to inflame the public about people on benefits... but of course if you stuck to facts you wouldn't be able to sensationlise ergo your viewing figures will be down....

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