Benefits Britain, Channel Four Monday – More Poverty Porn?

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

 

Benefits Britain 1949

 

Monday Channel Four,

Benefits claimants volunteer to live by the rules of the first year of the welfare state, to examine how our safety net should work.

Everyone’s got an opinion about the welfare state, whether we’re bemoaning ‘scroungers’ or pointing out how it’s failed the vulnerable, but there’s no consensus on how it can be fixed.

In this bold piece of living history, current benefits claimants volunteer to live for a week by the rules of 1949 to explore how our safety net should work.

Craig, who’s 24, finds that being born with spina bifida doesn’t entitle him to any benefits under the 1949 rules. But the post-war welfare state has another solution: it offers him training and work experience, and it has the power to force employers to take on workers with disabilities.

Craig has applied for hundreds of jobs in the…

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One Response to Benefits Britain, Channel Four Monday – More Poverty Porn?

  1. lee says:

    Just watched it: it seems that people like myself who are disabled and really want to work got a lot more help and support in 1949 than we do now.

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