Charities criticise Benefits Street documentary

A coalition of 100 charities has slammed Channel 4 for an “unbalanced” portrayal of people receiving benefits in the programme Benefits Street.

The condemnation is ascribed to the Who Benefits Campaign, a movement launched by Children’s Society, Crisis, Gingerbread and Mind last October, to “give a voice to the millions of us who have been supported by benefits”. So far 100 organisations have joined the campaign. 

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the chief executives of the Children’s Society, Crisis, Gingerbread and Mind accused the programme-makers of Benefits Street of “reinforcing harmful sterotypes where the most extreme example is presented as the norm” .

They say that as a public service broadcaster Channel 4 should “review how this damaging and grossly unbalanced programme came to be shown”.

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