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TOPIC: Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February

Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 11 Feb 2019 14:24 #14048

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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 february
This series needs to be seen in context. Between 2013 and 2015, Channel 4 aired Skint and Benefits Street, which were accused of being exploitative “poverty porn” and providing excuses for a government slashing its welfare budget. After a hiatus, the channel now returns with the plausible justification that universal credit (and tougher rules on assessment and penalties) has transformed the system. The approach is strikingly different.
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 12 Feb 2019 14:51 #14113

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'Hunting wild rabbit for tea': New Channel 4 documentary to expose what life is like for those on Universal Credit in Hartlepool
www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/hunting-wild-rabbit-for-tea-new-channel-4-documentary-to-expose-what-life-is-like-for-those-on-universal-credit-in-hartlepool-1-9589075
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 12 Feb 2019 15:03 #14116

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i mentioned this on another thread anyone in this situation should be wary of the idea of hunting rabbits as your only source of food if you find yourself in this situation do please make an effort to add more variation to your diet even if you have to resort to begging in the town centre to get some cash for something else it only take a week of eating nothing but rabbit before the symptoms of rabbit starvation start to kick in.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_poisoning
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 13 Feb 2019 13:45 #14150

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Just been reading the Mirror newspaper brief on this documentary and not sure I will even bother watching it. I can sum it up in a few brief sentences as carefully managed choicing of individuals in an area where people have and are struggling on welfare. As we all are, but setting a lurcher after rabbits and choosing to hand pick individuals who always come across as `hard` or have been drug dealing etc....doesn't come across well. The piece mentions that - `some people disagree` and say they have always had a `work ethic` and so begins the old rhetoric of `can work, doesn`t want to work.

I`m fed up watching this crass embarrassment of life on benefits TV. Why don`t they look at the REAL stuff and get hidden cameras into job centres, training facilities, give those who want to expose the UC system a go rather than the same old s**t we see from Channel 4 and 5 airing documentaries that depict people smoking, own rottweilers and only ever showing the side that viewers always like to see so they can say yes, nothings changed. It`s Benefits Street re-branded. :angry:

Quote: The approach is strikingly different.
Really?
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 13 Feb 2019 14:09 #14157

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Ex drug dealer moans Universal Credit has left him so poor and hungry he’s forced to catch rabbits and moles at night
www.thesun.co.uk/news/8385809/universal-credit-rabbits-moles-hungry/
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 13 Feb 2019 14:10 #14158

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I'm forced to catch rabbits just to eat': Reality of life on Universal Credit
www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/im-forced-catch-rabbits-just-13989781
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 14 Feb 2019 14:42 #14206

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Skint Britain: Friends Without Benefits review – a maddening look at universal credit
In desperate times, what else can television do to hold the rich, powerful and morally bankrupt to account?
www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/feb/13/skint-britain-friends-without-benefits-review-maddening-universal-credit
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 14 Feb 2019 14:44 #14207

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Skint Britain: These are main talking points of the Channel 4 documentary filmed in Hartlepool
www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/skint-britain-these-are-main-talking-points-of-the-channel-4-documentary-filmed-in-hartlepool-1-9593833
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 14 Feb 2019 14:46 #14208

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Skint Britain: Friends Without Benefits: when the Universal Credit documentary starts on Channel 4 and what to expect
Skint Britain follows residents of Hartlepool in County Durham as they become guinea pigs for the roll out of Universal Credit
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 14 Feb 2019 14:56 #14211

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Families struggling on Universal Credit in Hartlepool need help not a 'poverty porn' TV ratings chase
www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/families-struggling-on-universal-credit-in-hartlepool-need-help-not-a-poverty-porn-tv-ratings-chase-1-9592483
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 14 Feb 2019 15:33 #14225

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Why don`t they look at the REAL stuff and get hidden cameras into job centres, training facilities, give those who want to expose the UC system

Remember roger cook and the cook report wish we still had journalists like that covering UC todays journalists are bunch of useless c**ts

and now you know why I gleefully laugh when buzfeed/vox/vice ect are all getting laid off
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 14 Feb 2019 15:39 #14226

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I watched this tripe. Typical benifit sterotype .
Woman with one tooth, smoking non stop sitting around in a dressing gown all day moaning about money whilst looking at her latest I phone. The woman lived with her husband daughter son and his girlfriend and of course had multiple dogs. No evidence of him eating rabbit he gave it to his dog.
What didn't make sense is when the son was sanctioned, he claimed he will now starve for two weeks as he has no food. How could he starve when he lived at home and the mother and father had food. The son said that as he did not buy the food he can't eat it so apparently will starve whilst watching his parents eat dinner.

Terrible show.
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 14 Feb 2019 17:23 #14235

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Not watched it, But I know from past Rubbish like this, They pick the worst people to showcase on TV in order to get Higher Ratings (And more Advertising :angry: )
so the Tory hoards can sit at home watching the Show, And saying "Look at those Benefit Scroungers, why dont they get a Job" Utter crap, thats why I dont watch this Brainwashing, makes me far to angry. :angry:
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 14 Feb 2019 17:52 #14238

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Catwoman, I couldn`t have put it better. Disappointing is an understatement. The Tories will be grinning from ear to ear that Channel Four (who are usually better than most at highlighting the plight of UC claimants) have missed an opportunity with this garbage. :angry:
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Skint Britain — Friends Without Benefits (C4, 9pm) 13 February 14 Feb 2019 18:11 #14239

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I was expecting the programme to be like the ones Channel 5 do, but I was surprised to find it dealt with the topic sympathetically. It didn’t take the piss out of the people it focused on, and treated them as human beings.

True, some might say that some of these people were "rough around the edges" but that might be just “class snobbery”. Even if they are, that doesn’t mean they should be shat on by the DWP. We should regard them as fellow victims of the DWP and not our enemies.

The programme's title is a bit deceptive as it makes out the programme is another example of poverty porn, but it’s not. It showed up the inhumanity of the DWP sanctioning blind people and people who miss phone interviews with the JC due to the JC phone lines being engaged.

It even had a clip of Theresa May making a speech in the House of Commons where she said that “the Conservative Party understands poor people better than Labour does”. This clip was shown directly after an act of cruelty by the DWP on one person in the programme. This, to me, shows that the programme is not poverty porn but a rightful attack on the hypocrisy of the Tory party

I will certainly watch the next episodes.
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