Benefit Busters

Word up! There’s a documentary series starting Channel 4 on 20 August about the government’s welfare to work programme, featuring everyone’s favourite New Deal provider Action for Employment.

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5 Responses to “Benefit Busters”

  1. lowsaltfoods Says:

    My experience is that Channel 4 do the best documentaries on television, followed by the BBC. There is certainly something about public service broadcasting.

    Anyway, from what I saw of the trailer, I think it is following a group of claimants (possibly single mothers) on the New Deal scheme.

    • New Deal Scandal Says:

      The trouble with this is, none of the documentaries go deep enough.

      With the newspapers they seem to like pubishing exclusives how THEY want it not really caring about any upcoming libel cases that might be possible.

      With TV documentaries they seem to have more chains attached. Editors are extremely careful what they say, the programmes investigate a long time in advance and normally the accused gets a copy to view and they get their legal team to dumb it down as much as possible etc. You will hear “allegations” etc. a lot even though evidence such as video may have been sourced to be significantly sure its not slanderous in any way.

      I hope this C4 documentary wont be the type that turns most people against what they are trying to highlight. For example, if they did a documentary on mistreatment of people on New Deal and they followed some thug who always shouts f**k this and f**k that… doesnt help the case.

      • lowsaltfoods Says:

        Unlike print publications, broadcasting organisations have a legal duty to be impartial, under the 1990 Broadcasting Act. Nevertheless, all journalists do have a code of conduct, which calls for accuracy, fairness as well as ensuring all parties have the right to reply. Whilst print publications do have a wider degree of freedom as to how they present information, the truth is that even the tabloids do follow the code of conduct. Unfortunately, because of the way news stories are written, readers never get far enough in the story.

        I think it is a good thing that broadcasters take time to investigate and that they take the responsibilities and their power seriously. Legally, until something is proven in a court of law, it is always an allegation. That’s as it should be because we don’t want trial by media. At the end of day, impartiality gives credibility to the programme. If they only way you can show the strength of evidence is through bias, then the evidence is not strong enough.

  2. unemployedrabbit Says:

    I hope it is a well made documentary. Channel 4 documentaries are kind of marmite-like for me- I either love them greatly (e.g. Make Me A Man) or despise them (e.g. Little Lady Fauntleroy) I suppose it depends on what angle they take (and who’s actually doing the making and sponsoring πŸ˜‰ ).

    I look forward to it with interest, and a healthy dose of trepidation πŸ˜‰

  3. New Deal Scandal Says:

    Wahoo can’t wait. Might explain their recent concern of getting feedback about New Deal – they never seemed bothered to begin with without the media pressure.

    They are caught up in a new scam now, multi-million, training allowance scam…

    http://newdealscandal.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/new-deal-you-are-likely-owed-50-pounds/

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