LETTER: Claimants cast in negative light

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On the subject of the film I, Daniel Blake – which criticises the UK benefits system – yes, this thing does go on in Eastbourne.

I have recently started work but none of that was thanks to the Jobcentre. Praise for that has to go for Matt Davey, my employment adviser and the respectful belief he had in me.

The Jobcentre were actually asking for proof that I was actively seeking work for 35 hours a week in order to claim the pittance I was given (no help for bus or train fares though) yet I was told that a booklet of 13 A4 sheets stapled together on poor quality paper which I had to fill in cost £5 a copy. I think we can guess where the taxpayers’ money is being wasted there!

Apart from all of the hate-filled rhetoric the unemployed get from newspapers like The Sun, the Daily Mail and Daily Express, we also have to put up with Channel 5’s obsessive programming casting claimants in a negative light. We also have to put up with unwanted personal comments on social media from idiots who refer to claimants as ‘scum’.

Ironically, when I investigated these people, not one of them actually had a proper job! One ‘hard working’ individual is sure to be there drinking every time you care to walk into the London and County!

The diversionary and divisive coverage the unemployed and disabled get from the media is just another ploy to get those of limited intelligence to believe that all of the country’s financial problems would be solved if we cut all benefits. Of course, if they had an inkling of sense, they might actually realise that a trillion pounds of tax is being evaded by rich individuals and companies and the Government is doing nothing about it.

Dave Poole

Penhurst Close

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