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This is my chance to challenge stigma instigated by poor journalism.

According to some politicians and various strands of the media, I am one of those people who are a ‘drain on society’ – benefit claimant and single parent of three daughters.

However, I am also a university graduate with a 2:1 in Criminology/Contemporary Culture and a whole host of other qualifications. I have spent the last 30 years: working in health and social care, studying for 5 years with 2 daughters. I know I was a good role model to my girls and instilled good morals. My eldest went on to join the Royal Military Police and served in Afghanistan.

I didn’t ask to be left as a single parent again…this time aged 42 with a 3 year old girl. The welfare state was my safety net when I was vulnerable. I have since worked as a support worker and been involved with social justice charity Church Action on Poverty. In addition I also volunteer for Healthwatch Salford.

I am fully aware of the many derogatory labels flying around aimed at some of the most vulnerable ┬ápeople in society and the demonisation of the working class. This is my chance to challenge stigma instigated by poor journalism/politics and let the power of real people’s life’s be told.

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This is my chance to challenge stigma instigated by poor journalism.

According to some politicians and various strands of the media, I am one of those people who are a ‘drain on society’ – benefit claimant and single parent of three daughters.

However, I am also a university graduate with a 2:1 in Criminology/Contemporary Culture and a whole host of other qualifications. I have spent the last 30 years: working in health and social care, studying for 5 years with 2 daughters. I know I was a good role model to my girls and instilled good morals. My eldest went on to join the Royal Military Police and served in Afghanistan.

I didn’t ask to be left as a single parent again…this time aged 42 with a 3 year old girl. The welfare state was my safety net when I was vulnerable. I have since worked as a support worker and been involved with social justice charity Church Action on Poverty. In addition I also volunteer for Healthwatch Salford.

I am fully aware of the many derogatory labels flying around aimed at some of the most vulnerable ┬ápeople in society and the demonisation of the working class. This is my chance to challenge stigma instigated by poor journalism/politics and let the power of real people’s life’s be told.

“I want to make a difference, voice my opinion and challenge the idea that Benefits Street is representative of people on benefits”