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The Great British Benefits Handout

The Great British Benefit Handout is a brave new social experiment for Channel 5. Three long-term unemployed families on benefits will each be given a cash lump sum of £26,000 upfront (the current maximum amount of benefits given in a year to most families) in return for signing off. Will the families have what it takes to escape the benefit trap and start a business or get a job? Or will they just blow the lot?

This series lifts the lid on the surprising realities of what happens when Britain’s benefit poor get the chance to rewrite their own lives.

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Channel 4
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