The YouGov poll, commissioned by Channel 5 found 45 per cent of those questioned felt benefit claimants are portrayed unfairly. The poll comes ahead of a live television debate on the issue later this evening.
Titled: 'The Big Benefits Row: Live aims to discuss research which shows huge public concern about the current system. The panel is due to include Benefits Street's White Dee who will give her view of the benefits system and tell her own story, as well as former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and ex-Tory MP Edwina Currie.
Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants sets out the following as a program to replace the discredited Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on the return of a Labour government.
* A Public Inquiry needs to held within the first year in office regarding the systematic abuse of benefit claimants in regard to workfare, benefit sanctions & sanction targets. The remit of this public inquiry must look into the way disabled benefit claimants have been treated by the state & by the contractor ATOS. This inquiries remit must also look into the benefit rates for claimants - described as 'manifestly inadequate' by the Council of Europe.
The (DWP) is a governmental department that is increasingly and inappropriately following the ideological welfare-cutting politics of secretary of state Iain Duncan Smith. The DWP are suppose to be bound by civil service standards of honesty, integrity and impartiality, but appears to be all to keen to tweet and send out press release from 10 Downing St on the ongoing war on regarding claimants. Meanwhile the department is often being too busy to respond to criticisms or enquiries about the propriety and accuracy of its claims.
The separation between government and civil service is a vital one. Governments come and go, but the civil service is permanent, and only works when it stands apart and acts as a bulwark against the worst excesses of politicians.
We hereby demand that such a 'Public Inquiry' has the remit to look into the 'Incitement of hatred' towards benefit claimants including the responsibility of government, the press & the media as a whole in encouraging & spreading hatred towards claimants.
'Hate the poor!': the new politics of loathing in vitriolic Britain Dr Mark Smith explains why problems in the UK are being blamed on the most vulnerable. "Social Attitudes Survey has confirmed what I've suspected for a number of years, that there is an increasing callous disregard for the poor in the UK which sometimes crosses over into hatred".
Owen Jones: 'Hatred of those on benefits is dangerously out of control' -
Iain Duncan Smith uses Channel 4 Benefits Street success to justify failing policies - Labour MP, Anne Begg, the chairwoman of the Commons Work and Pensions Committee, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that viewers were inevitably encouraged to see those on screen as typical of all claimants when they were anything but - source
Government policy, helped out by propaganda in the press, is hardening hearts and fuelling aggression. Over 65,000 hate crimes against disabled people and rising - source
London Remembers over 10,000 dead after Atos Work Capablity Tests
Disabled activists and supporters came to Parliament Square for '10,000 Cuts & Counting', a ceremony of remembrance and solidarity for over 10,000 who died shortly after the degrading Work Capability Assessments run for the government by Atos - source
Ms Abrahams said: “Thanks to the bravery of our whistleblower we now know that the government are setting Jobcentre Plus staff targets to get as many claimants off benefits as they can just so they can distort the unemployment figures.
“The misery this government is causing to hundreds of thousands of people on benefits in Oldham and across the country is unforgivable. “But, at last, they can no longer ignore the demand that a full and independent review should be carried out.
UnemployedNet and Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants response to the 'Independent Review of Sanctions' - Both organisations issued a call for responses to unemployed users when the Oakley review was announced, and gathered these through Facebook, email and other sources, and the responses form the basis of our document.
ATOS DEMO UK ~ 19 February 2014 - please #share widely -144 national events planned - full details: https://t.co/q5zc3QlC0D