Struggling on low wages? The BBC wants to hear from you

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2 Responses to Struggling on low wages? The BBC wants to hear from you

  1. Peter Rogers says:

    It seems that every other programme on TV is some sort of poverty porn but I’ve yet to see one that shows anyone at the lower end of the social scale in a good light. They all seem to tow the DWP line of stigmatizing anyone on any kind of benefit as workshy and undeserving

  2. Appreciate your concerns, Peter. We share them.

    That is why before we published this, we conducted some basic editorial checks and obtained from the producers undertakings that this was not just another Benefits Street-style poverty porn programme.

    There’s always an element of “they would say that, wouldn’t they?” to such undertakings.

    But then, the readership of Inside Croydon is discerning and, with certain notable exceptions, intelligent enough to make their own decisions. Anyone applying to participate in the programme will need at all times to consider their own best interests.

    Or have we, in 2014, reached a point where such a caveat needs to be stated for the hard of thinking?

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