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”.