Listening to ‘these people’

Jackie CoxOur Poverty Media Coordinator Jackie Cox works alongside people in poverty to ensure they are more fairly presented in the media. So she was excited to be invited to a conference in November on ‘poverty and TV’. Unfortunately, the event illustrated some of the very problems we are trying to tackle… 

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The reality of life on benefits

Real Benefits Street Channel 4 and Love Productions, the makers of the controversial TV series Benefits Street, regularly claim that their programme “reveals the reality of life on benefits”. But we work alongside people on benefits every day, and they don’t recognise their lives in the stories that are shown on screen. So we’ve set out to share the reality that doesn’t make it onto TV.

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