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Up to 212,000 people have been ‘beaten up for being on benefits’ as a direct result of the despicable ‘scrounger’ rhetoric in the media and ‘poverty porn’ TV programmes, a shocking new survey reveals today.

A survey by YouGov reveals the devastating impact of newspaper benefits propaganda, and ‘poverty porn’ programmes like Channel 4’s Benefits Street, on some of Britain’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

The YouGov survey shows that up to 212,000 people have been attacked for being on benefits, while 11% had even been shunned by their own families.

YouGov asked 2,352 benefit claimants: “Have you ever been verbally or physically abused because you are on benefits? 15% said they had experienced verbal abuse and 4% admitted they had been physically assaulted.

If the survey had asked every single benefit claimant in the UK it would suggest that nearly 212,000 have been physically assaulted.

6% of respondents said their children had been victims of bullies, while 16% said they had been turned down for a home for being in receipt of benefits.

Campaigners and charities are now calling on the media and the government to end their use of socially divisive language, which is turning British society against itself.

Philipp Newis from the Who Benefits? campaign told the Daily Mirror:

“We’ve heard a lot of negative talk from politicians about benefit claimants, even though these are people who might need support for all sorts of reasons.

“Around 4.3million families receiving benefits are in work, but earning too little to get by.

“Many others are ill, caring for a loved one or have lost their job. It could happen to any one of us.”

The survey was carried out by YouGov on behalf of a number of charities including Gingerbread, MIND and the Children’s Society.

Its findings will be sent to a report which is investigating whether benefit claimants are being treated like second-class citizens.

 

Find out more: Daily Mirror

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I have suffered abuse for being on Incapacity Benefit despite the fact I was not, never have and have never even submitted a claim for IB! Neither was I on unemploment benefits when this happened. If you want to make peoples lives a misery, just put out a rumour they are benefit claimants and the MSM will do the rest. I know one woman who is on ESA for the crime of getting cancer. She got lots of abuse for failing to die in a sufficiently short space of time.

  2. Disgusting for people to be turned against family and others, especially on mass by the media. Where is the duty of care?

  3. I withdrew my name from the organ donor register after a torrent of online abuse following Gillard (Howard) welfare "reform" In Aus, and no longer donate to charity, if society can't respect me then why should I care?

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