Posted: 24 January 2014

Benefits Street: What benefits mean for a family

The Channel 4 documentary series Benefits Street has sparked a heated discussion about the way people who claim benefits are portrayed in the media. As well as coverage in the press, lots of people have taken to social networks like Twitter to add their voice to the debate.

Back in September we were one of five charities that helped launched the Who Benefits? campaign, to make sure those who need support from benefits aren’t ignored, misrepresented or, at worst, blamed for their situation. Read our story on the importance of these stories, which features a story from Laura, a mother of four, and the results of polling about the importance of benefits

If you agree with us that Benefits Street shows that Channel 4 need to commission more responsibly, please sign the Who Benefits petition.

Our work and an infographic

We know from our work with some of the country’s most disadvantaged families that the overwhelming majority of people who get benefits really need them, whether they are working, looking for work or unable to work.

While this isn't directly related to benefits, we ran an infographic, 10 facts and figures about childhood poverty earlier this month that looks at childhood poverty.

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By Lizzie Murray - Digital team

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