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Petitioning Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband and 3 others

Politicians: Remember that people on benefits are People Like Us

The shocking truth about 'Benefits Britain' is ... that people receiving benefits are people like us.

Too often, people who have lost their jobs, have a disability or become ill, or who are in low paid work, find that when politicians talk about benefits, they talk about things which say nothing to them about their lives.

Words and images about ‘skivers’ and ‘benefit lifestyles’ may win votes or persuade people to back cuts to welfare benefits, but they mislead the public and don’t capture the experiences or needs of ordinary families.

Join us in asking party leaders not to forget that when we talk about benefit claimants we’re talking about real people, real families, and real children. People like us.

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Child Poverty Action Group

Letter to
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband
Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg MP
Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband
and 1 other
Prime Minister David Cameron
I support Child Poverty Action Group’s ‘People Like Us’ campaign and call on the leaders of the main UK political parties to ensure their parties never forget that when we talk about people in receipt of benefits we’re talking about real people, real families, and real children.

Political rhetoric which seeks to score portray them as ‘skivers’ or pursuing a lifestyle on benefits is offensive, misleading and far removed from the needs of ordinary families who want a benefits system that helps them if they need it.

People rightly see the welfare state as one of this country’s finest achievements. It’s time it was debated in a manner of which we can all be proud.