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There’s a programme on Friday that the DWP really don’t want you, or anyone else, to watch. 

 The Truth About Disability Benefits is being shown at 7.30pm on Friday on Channel 4.

 It’s a Dispatches documentary investigating the unexpected deaths of disabled benefits claimants, including those who have taken their own lives.

 It’s been scheduled at short notice, which is why we’re taking the very unusual step of sending out an email between our normal newsletters.

 Because the DWP will be taking very careful note of viewing figures for this programme.

 And desperately hoping that it attracts a smaller audience than usual, as proof that there really isn’t any great public interest in the lives and deaths of benefits claimants.

 If that’s the case, they can carry on denying there’s a problem and keep on covering up the suffering inflicted on disabled claimants by a heartless system. 

 But the more people who watch the documentary, the harder it will be for the department to brush aside its findings.

 And the more likely that others will begin investigating the secrecy surrounding almost everything the DWP does. 

 John Pring, founder of the Disability News Service, has been fighting tirelessly for many years to highlight the blood on the hands of the DWP.

 And he has been involved from the very start in the making of this documentary.

 John told us:

 "It's taken about three years to get this programme made, dating back to my initial approaches to production companies. 

 “I'm really grateful to disabled film-maker Richard Butchins for making it happen and making such a powerful film, and for the patience of the families who have stuck with the project, and agreed to share their stories. 

 “Those stories are shocking. What is almost as shocking is that we are still waiting for an in-depth, independent inquiry into DWP's repeated failures over the last decade - and even earlier than that - to learn from its mistakes and make its assessment system safe. 

 “Countless disabled people have died because of that failure. We need an inquiry now."

 The documentary is both filmed and presented by Richard Butchins, who’s had his own personal experience of dealing with the DWP.

 Some of the relatives of deceased claimants are speaking out on television for the first time, to explain how the system contributed to the deaths of their loved ones. 

 There’s also testimony from a whistle-blower from inside the department who talks of staff having a dismissive and mocking attitude toward claimants.  

 And the film features findings from a survey which many hundreds of Benefits and Work readers took part in. 

Your responses highlight the devastating impact of the benefits system on the mental and physical health of claimants.

 So please, tune in on Friday yourself, if you feel able.  

 And spread the word to everyone you think might be interested.

 The Truth About Disability Benefits: Dispatches, Channel 4, Friday 17 December, 7.30pm

Comments  

#11 fil501 2021-12-22 09:18
Quoting Elizabeth:
its on catchup on tablet. very worrying, please lets hope theres going to be a change. those poor families who lost family.

Is 'catchup' an app which can be downloaded to watch it? I had a quick look on the Google Playstore but couldn't see anything particularly relevant?
+1 #10 MrFibro 2021-12-21 20:02
Quoting Elizabeth:
its on catchup on tablet. very worrying, please lets hope theres going to be a change. those poor families who lost family.



Elizabeth, solong Tories are in power there will be no change at all. The DWP is a department, which as it seems and proves more to be above all British law, and can do what the hell they want and when they want. No secretary of state for works & pensions has ever had any empathy for the sick, ill, disabled.
#9 Elizabeth 2021-12-21 15:49
its on catchup on tablet. very worrying, please lets hope theres going to be a change. those poor families who lost family.
#8 fil501 2021-12-21 09:00
Quoting Shelly:
Have been unable to access it. All the other Dispatches progs are available. Has it been withdrawn? ?

This was also my query and it's a mystery to me why it's not available when other Dispatches programmes are. It wasn't even available to view the following morning on All 4. One would think if it was to be withdrawn it would take time to be removed. #perplexed :o
#7 Shelly 2021-12-21 00:17
Have been unable to access it. All the other Dispatches progs are available. Has it been withdrawn? ?
#6 MrFibro 2021-12-20 15:17
Great documentary by Richard Butchins.

More docu's like this should be televised etc. But i can only imagine the tv channels are gagged by the government so that the truths never reach the majority of joe public.
#5 MrFibro 2021-12-20 15:10
Quoting fil501:
Does anyone know why it's not available to watch on All 4? Strange!

I WATCHED IT NO PROBSQuote:
Well done to Richard Butchins for getting this film made, and to Channel 4 for broadcasting it - one of the few media organisations which still seems to take its role of holding the government to account seriously instead of allowing themselves to be cowed into submission.

However, if this is to gain any traction with the wider public, it needs the opposition parties to run with it and put pressure on the Tories. That's especially true of Labour as the largest opposition party.

Unfortunately my hopes aren't high. First Starmer brought Rachel "we'll be tougher than the Tories on benefits" and "we're not the party of people on benefits" Reeves back into the shadow cabinet. That was bad enough, but he's now also brought back Yvette Cooper, who had a key role in inflicting the catastrophe of the WCA on us and has, as far as I know, never had the decency to apologise for the horrific consequences of her actions (which is worth bearing in mind the next time you see Cooper described as a "moderate centrist").

Maybe they'll surprise me, but if the focus groups either don't care about ill and disabled claimants or are actively hostile I expect the Labour leadership's response will be a landscape of tumbleweed accompanied by the sound of crickets.
tintack your right Labour don't care at all, they're all self-serving *ankers. All politicians seem to be very discriminative and also to abuse and inflict suffering and pain on the sick, ill, disabled. Nothing will change who ever gets in at the next GE, but we know theres two devils out there tories, and labour. Just imagine a coalition with them.
#4 MrFibro 2021-12-20 15:02
Quoting zachariasl:
i took the initiative, as soon as i received the email, and since am doing some videos on you tube about pip , dwp, mental health etc, and i did a short video to invite other people to watch it and it did work to be honest .. now somew people they couldn't watch it so am trying to ffinbd a link or something to upload it online ...thank you guys for the email

WHERES THE LINK FOR YOUTUBE VID
#3 zachariasl 2021-12-20 01:25
i took the initiative, as soon as i received the email, and since am doing some videos on you tube about pip , dwp, mental health etc, and i did a short video to invite other people to watch it and it did work to be honest .. now somew people they couldn't watch it so am trying to ffinbd a link or something to upload it online ...thank you guys for the email
#2 fil501 2021-12-18 12:43
Does anyone know why it's not available to watch on All 4? Strange!
#1 tintack 2021-12-16 18:39
Well done to Richard Butchins for getting this film made, and to Channel 4 for broadcasting it - one of the few media organisations which still seems to take its role of holding the government to account seriously instead of allowing themselves to be cowed into submission.

However, if this is to gain any traction with the wider public, it needs the opposition parties to run with it and put pressure on the Tories. That's especially true of Labour as the largest opposition party.

Unfortunately my hopes aren't high. First Starmer brought Rachel "we'll be tougher than the Tories on benefits" and "we're not the party of people on benefits" Reeves back into the shadow cabinet. That was bad enough, but he's now also brought back Yvette Cooper, who had a key role in inflicting the catastrophe of the WCA on us and has, as far as I know, never had the decency to apologise for the horrific consequences of her actions (which is worth bearing in mind the next time you see Cooper described as a "moderate centrist").

Maybe they'll surprise me, but if the focus groups either don't care about ill and disabled claimants or are actively hostile I expect the Labour leadership's response will be a landscape of tumbleweed accompanied by the sound of crickets.

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