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Channel 4 Benefits Street feeds the government and media spin of spongers and scroungers

I am a single Mum with a teenage son. I live in Stockton – on -Tees where the second series of Benefits Street has been filmed.   I work part-time  (6 hours and 40 minutes per week) as a school dinner nanny.  I really enjoy doing it, but I need a job that will give me more hours.  I have qualified as a teaching assistant, but so far haven’t been able to find a job doing that.

I’m frustrated that the Job Centre try to push you in to any job just to get you off the JSA benefit – it doesn’t matter to them whether the job suits you or not. Because I like baking and cooking they wanted me to go for a job at MacDonalds, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to cope with the fast pace. I ended up going on anti-depressants as a result of the pressure the job centre put on me.

I wanted to take part in Real Benefits Street to challenge the negative way people on benefits are portrayed on the TV – in programmes like Channel 4’s Benefits Street. Real Benefits Street is different – it takes ordinary people off the streets who are on benefits and shows them as individuals who are trying to get by on limited resources and are trying to find work, doing voluntary work, courses, putting back in to the community (Big Society). If people do work voluntary they are motivated  and enjoy and build confidence and self worth. Channel 4 Benefits Street feeds the government and media spin of spongers and scroungers etc.

I have ended up using my local food bank when I just didn’t have enough money left to buy food for me and my son. When my dad was alive he paid my bedroom tax for me to help me out, but after he died, I’ve had to pay that myself out of the benefits I get.

 

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Channel 4 Benefits Street feeds the government and media spin of spongers and scroungers

I am a single Mum with a teenage son. I live in Stockton – on -Tees where the second series of Benefits Street has been filmed.   I work part-time  (6 hours and 40 minutes per week) as a school dinner nanny.  I really enjoy doing it, but I need a job that will give me more hours.  I have qualified as a teaching assistant, but so far haven’t been able to find a job doing that.

I’m frustrated that the Job Centre try to push you in to any job just to get you off the JSA benefit – it doesn’t matter to them whether the job suits you or not. Because I like baking and cooking they wanted me to go for a job at MacDonalds, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to cope with the fast pace. I ended up going on anti-depressants as a result of the pressure the job centre put on me.

I wanted to take part in Real Benefits Street to challenge the negative way people on benefits are portrayed on the TV – in programmes like Channel 4’s Benefits Street. Real Benefits Street is different – it takes ordinary people off the streets who are on benefits and shows them as individuals who are trying to get by on limited resources and are trying to find work, doing voluntary work, courses, putting back in to the community (Big Society). If people do work voluntary they are motivated  and enjoy and build confidence and self worth. Channel 4 Benefits Street feeds the government and media spin of spongers and scroungers etc.

I have ended up using my local food bank when I just didn’t have enough money left to buy food for me and my son. When my dad was alive he paid my bedroom tax for me to help me out, but after he died, I’ve had to pay that myself out of the benefits I get.

 

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