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1949 benefits programme on C4 now..who is watching?

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Allthingspretty Mon 12-Aug-13 21:13:17


Allthingspretty Mon 12-Aug-13 21:14:43

The guy with spina bifida should have been given something surely!

littlemisssarcastic Mon 12-Aug-13 21:16:41

I'm watching. I think the man in the wheelchair will be okay.

Gingerandproud Mon 12-Aug-13 21:16:53

we are, very interesting so far.

FlouncyMcFlouncer Mon 12-Aug-13 21:17:15

Just switched over.

Shinyshoes1 Mon 12-Aug-13 21:18:05

I'm watching ... The man in the wheelchair should have been given more help

WetAugust Mon 12-Aug-13 21:20:31

So benefits are now roughly a fifth of what they were in 1949. That's interesting.

Bruthastortoise Mon 12-Aug-13 21:21:35

I'm watching - I think it's good that channel 4 have chosen 3 people who are clearly entitled to benefit - not a hint of benefit bashing about it ( for a change!)

alemci Mon 12-Aug-13 21:21:36

me too, should be interesting. pensioner scenario is different. like the idea of ni contributions being considered.

littlemisssarcastic Mon 12-Aug-13 21:22:08

A fifth? hmm

ProphetOfDoom Mon 12-Aug-13 21:25:17

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Shinyshoes1 Mon 12-Aug-13 21:25:52

Oh no not the grandfathers watch ! sad

WetAugust Mon 12-Aug-13 21:26:15

oops! £38 now and either £137 or £177 then (for the disabled lady and man respectively) so nearer a quarter?

Bruthastortoise Mon 12-Aug-13 21:26:28

I don't think it is being held up as an example - I think it's showing how far the welfare state has come from inception until now.

littlemisssarcastic Mon 12-Aug-13 21:26:37

Feeling really bad for the pensioner. sad

Allthingspretty Mon 12-Aug-13 21:26:38

I think 1949 is the start of the welfare state

ProphetOfDoom Mon 12-Aug-13 21:27:31

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Allthingspretty Mon 12-Aug-13 21:28:35

schmalts I think your prediction is about to come true...

ProphetOfDoom Mon 12-Aug-13 21:28:56

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ProphetOfDoom Mon 12-Aug-13 21:30:27

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FlouncyMcFlouncer Mon 12-Aug-13 21:30:27

Daily Fail article about it here

NickyNackyNooNoo Mon 12-Aug-13 21:30:48

Really interesting, I was just saying to my DH it kinda explains why disabled children were put in homes etc. In reality they would be a 'burden' as they would be entitled to no money & if the family were poor anyway it would tip them to total poverty sad sad

ProphetOfDoom Mon 12-Aug-13 21:31:18

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Allthingspretty Mon 12-Aug-13 21:31:32

I think at the moment its quite a mild programme however I think that will change in the next programme.

flowery Mon 12-Aug-13 21:32:23

"So benefits are now roughly a fifth of what they were in 1949. That's interesting."

Er, don't think so! Haven't they swapped £137 or whatever they get now for £38 the equivalent to what they would have got in 1949??

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