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Thursday, 20th August 2009
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This year, Britain will pay out more in benefits than it raises in income tax. Now, as the government attempts to revolutionise the welfare system - controversially rewarding private companies according to their ability to coax people off benefits and into jobs - Channel 4 follows the people on both sides of this new welfare state.
Hayley Taylor's job is to persuade single mothers on benefits to go back to work. The company she works for, A4E, which is helping to tackle the Government's target of getting 70 per cent of lone parents into paid work by 2010, is the largest welfare reform company in the world. Whilst watching Hayley at work it's hard not to think of Pauline from The League of Gentlemen.
The company is run by multimillionaire entrepreneur Emma Harrison, who believes her business is "improving people's lives by getting them into work." Until recently, the 700,000 lone parents receiving benefit didn't have to look for work until their youngest child was 16. Soon, they must either work, or be looking for work, once their youngest child is 7.
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