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Open many newspapers or listen to some politicians speak and you’d think that the only people who received benefits were cheating the system or living a luxury lifestyle. This just isn’t the reality – so this site sets out a few home truths.

Click here to find out more about the truth.

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Guest Blog: Richard Exell (TUC)

“Scroungers” At the end of last year the Conservative Party launched a new ‘attack ad’ in 60 marginal constituencies. It asked: “Who do you think this government should be giving more support to? Hardworking families … Or people who won’t work?” This was not a slip. In April, Iain Duncan Smith – ironically, in the[...] read more

Guest Blog: Gingerbread

A striver, a scrounger and a politician walk into a bar – how stereotypes are drowning out the real experience of welfare reform by Caroline Davey of Gingerbread “Single parents are statistics, percentages and mathematical equations… we are not real people.” Taking advantage of an easy stereotype to make a point is hardly a new[...] read more

Community

Why?

We are proud to live in a caring society, where everyone has a safety net they can rely on in tough times.

And we reckon there are millions of people like us out there who feel the same.  That’s why we've set up this campaign.

Open many newspapers or listen to some politicians speak and you’d think that the only people who received benefits were cheating the system or living a luxury lifestyle.

This just isn’t true - so this site sets out a few home truths.

Rather than the mythical ‘scroungers’, it’s millions of real people who are set to be hit. Pretty much everyone will know someone who’ll suffer as cuts to support like tax credits, child benefit, housing benefit and disability support start to bite.

Those in work (often on low pay), people with disabilities and workers laid-off from places like HMV, the Army and Jessops, will all lose vital support.  The impact will be a nightmare – plunging hundreds of thousands more kids into poverty, making people homeless and breaking up families.

At the same time, the other core pillars of our welfare state which have been in place for over 60 years are under threat.  NHS waiting lists are growing, homelessness is on the rise, legal aid has disappeared for many, child care provision is vanishing from our poorest communities, libraries are closing their doors…

Most people would like spending on benefits to come down.  But shouldn’t it be done without hammering ordinary people?

Instead we could be concentrating on sorting out the causes – like low pay, sky-high rents and youth unemployment – to bring the benefit bill down in a positive way.

This campaign will grow – and part of that will be through sharing real stories about the important role our social security system has played in everyone’s life.

Don’t think that this will just be an online campaign; we’ll be linking up with Unite Community Membership events right across the country.

So have a look around the site – then Pledge your support.  Also, why not get in touch and share your story?