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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Benefits Street? It's nothing like the James Turner Street we researched

Indeed, the programme misrepresents the true conditions of James Turner Street and ignores objective evidence. Claims of more than nine in 10 not working and on benefits ("based on informal door-knocking") are ludicrous. I appreciate that my company's data is from 2008 and 2009, but conditions locally have not changed drastically since then. Indeed the cost of an independent household survey to update our outputs would have been tiny in relation to total production costs for the documentary series. But perhaps hard data would spoil the story.

Benefits Street? It's nothing like the James Turner Street we researched | Paul Baker | Comment is free | theguardian.com

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