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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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