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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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