Iain Duncan Smith to praise 'Benefits Street'
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Iain Duncan Smith will today praise the controversial TV programme Benefits Street.
In a speech, the work and pensions secretary will welcome a report from the Bank of England that claims the government's welfare reforms are succeeding in getting people into work.
IDS will say: "With income inequality under Labour the worst for a generation, whilst the middle-class majority were aware of the problems in poor communities, they remained largely unaware of the true nature of life on some of our estates.
"We let these problems be ghettoised as though they were a different country. Even now, for the most part they remain out of sight – meaning people are shocked when they are confronted with a TV programme such as Benefits Street."
Benefits Street, a Channel 4 documentary that follows the lives of people living on a Birmingham road where the majority of residents are said to be claiming state welfare, has received complaints from viewers who have argued that it stigmatises people on benefits.