Benefits street 'misrepresentation'

Press Association
General views of Channel 4 office - London
General views of Channel 4 office - London


The controversial Channel 4 series Benefits Street has been attacked by a senior MP, who described it as a "misrepresentation" of life for people on social security.

The documentary, which aired on Monday night and depicted the lives of residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, sparked hundreds of complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom and Channel 4 about the way it portrayed people on benefits. Some residents have claimed they were tricked by film-makers into taking part.