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‘Entertaining’ TV is just one version of ‘The Truth’

A study has found that people living in a working-class area of Manchester want to work and believe programmes like Channel 4's Benefits Street do not accurately reflect their community & misrepresent their personal circumstances.  The proliferation of such programmes & their impact are, rightly or wrongly, shaping public attitudes to welfare & policy, the study concludes.

The findings were reported in the Open Society Foundation’s 'Europe's White Working Class Community: Manchester', with research conducted by the Social Action and Research Foundation (SARF) – a social enterprise that produces policies to combat poverty. The report highlights the impact a precarious job market has on a community in Manchester where people have few options but to move in & out of low-paid jobs – or completely fail to find any work at all.

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