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Channel 5 meets the “Super Scroungers”

Channel 5 in the UK has commissioned a three-part documentary series on people who receive financial assistance from the government and yet live in luxury homes.
February 20, 2013

Channel 5 in the UK has commissioned a three-part documentary series on the people who receive financial assistance from the government and yet live in luxury homes.

Super Scroungers, a 3 x one-hour series produced by Channel 5 Productions, will feature people who claim millions every year for housing and family support, and debate whether those individuals or the system are to blame.

According to the network, stats from the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions revealed last year that at least 100 families receiving housing benefit were living in luxury homes on hand-outs that could fund £1,000,000 (US$134,000,000) mortgages. Of those 100 families, 60 have their rent paid by the state to the tune of £5,000 per month, and more than 30 were being given £1,500 (approximately US$2,300) per week, which is more than three times the national average wage in Britain.

“This is a topic at the top of the news agenda so it’s the perfect time for Channel 5 to delve into the subject,” said Ben Frow, Channel 5 director of programs.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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