Real Experts

Real Benefits Street is a chance for people receiving benefits – real-life experts – to tell their own stories, and show the true reality of life on benefits. Their stories challenge the myths which stigmatise those who are supported by benefits, and the assumptions lying behind the changes and cuts that are making their lives harder.

The experts of Real Benefits Street have made short videos that highlight some of the real choices people have to make on a daily basis. They include stories about food banks, getting into debt, social isolation, and the impact a broken benefits system has on the lives of individuals, families and communities. They also show the resilience and resourcefulness that enables people to get by in difficult circumstances – and provide a reminder that the benefits systems should be a safety net that is there for all of us when we need it.

benefits delay

Caz

*+-Benefits Delay left me and my two teenage children with just £177 per week to live on. I’m fifty years...

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epilepsy housing benefits

Karen

*+-Karen and her 24 year old daughter have to share a one bedroom flat I am a full-time carer for my 24...

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stigma

Letitia

*+-This is my chance to challenge stigma instigated by poor journalism. According to some politicians and various strands of the...

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work

Joy

*+-I am certainly not a lazy scrounger! In 2009, after 25 years in full-time employment, I was unfairly dismissed. I...

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Simon

*+-I help people with multiple and complex needs get the support they need. I am 46 years old with a 20...

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job

Rebecca

*+-I get frustrated when I apply for a job but no one gets back to me. I’m Rebecca and I...

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community

Mary

*+-I noticed that some people in my community, who are dependant on benefits, were going hungry. I am retired and I am not on benefits – I noticed...

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Benefits Street

Tanya

*+-Channel 4 Benefits Street feeds the government and media spin of spongers and scroungers I am a single Mum with a teenage...

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food bank

Jenny

*+-How are we supposed to live, eat, pay our bills? My name is Jenny and I live in Ellesmere Port....

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Real Experts

Real Benefits Street is a chance for people receiving benefits – real-life experts – to tell their own stories, and show the true reality of life on benefits. Their stories challenge the myths which stigmatise those who are supported by benefits, and the assumptions lying behind the changes and cuts that are making their lives harder.

The experts of Real Benefits Street have made short videos that highlight some of the real choices people have to make on a daily basis. They include stories about food banks, getting into debt, social isolation, and the impact a broken benefits system has on the lives of individuals, families and communities. They also show the resilience and resourcefulness that enables people to get by in difficult circumstances – and provide a reminder that the benefits systems should be a safety net that is there for all of us when we need it.

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