Benefit Busters - 2nd episode
The second episode of Benefit Busters is showing tonight. Here's the Channel 4 webpage, and here's the blurb:
Unemployment is rife in Hull, but for one company business is booming: A4E has won the lucrative contract to help get the long-term unemployed back to work.
Mark Pilkington is an ex-soldier who hasn't worked for 10 years. He welcomes help and within a fortnight he finds a job. But the joy of receiving his first pay cheque is short-lived; after just four weeks a business downturn results in Mark being laid off.
Facing a return to A4E and potentially a four-week wait to restart his benefit payments, Mark begins to wonder if there is more security in a life on benefits.
It appears to be a shockingly common perception amongst the clients at A4E, who are at the mercy of an increasingly casual labour market.
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