Liverpool Job Centre staff boycotted BBC Universal Credit doco as they didn’t want to be connected with propaganda

The second part of a BBC documentary series on Universal Credit has been aired – notably without contributions from people at one Job Centre.

People working at Toxteth Job Centre, in Liverpool, refused to take part – according to the Liverpool Echo.

The reason was that they did not want to be publicly associated with a documentary that puts forward the Tory government’s propaganda:

It was reported last year that there were problems in the filming of the Liverpool episode of the documentary because staff at the Job Centre didn’t want to be involved.

As The Guardian first reporteda memo from the Public and Commercial Services Union– that represents Job Centre staff – said: “It is our understanding that there have been no volunteers to take part in the filming.”

The internal note explained that staff were unhappy about being identified on screen.

With the volume of hardship and problems associated with Universal Credit in the city of Liverpool – it is thought staff didn’t want to be publicly associated with a documentary that the government is pushing forward.

The Tory government, and the Department for Work and Pensions, have been trying to make Universal Credit look better with propaganda campaigns.

A series of advertorials in newspapers last year fell foul of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

It ruled the campaign in the Metro “exaggerated and misleading” and stated that there was “simply no evidence to back the Department for Work & Pensions’ (DWP’s) claims about people being better off on Universal Credit”.

Source: Why Liverpool Job Centre staff refused to take part in BBC Universal Credit documentary – Liverpool Echo

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4 thoughts on “Liverpool Job Centre staff boycotted BBC Universal Credit doco as they didn’t want to be connected with propaganda

  1. Roy Haydon

    Everybody in the uk should sign the 38 Degrees petition regarding face recognition cameras being rolled out all over the uk it not a case of don,t worry if you have nothing to hide this is a full blown attack on your privacy and the chance of you being wrongly arrested especially if you are of an ethnic background stop this now before it is too late.

  2. Jeffrey Davies

    Only following orders was the reply yet dwp won’t tell how much spent really on UC it’s mind boglibog how much under RTU IDs he reset it at billions of pounds wasted but how much later for this failed attempts to make it work rather they used this monies to use those who needed the benefits nah that’s to simple for this lot of dictators

  3. timfrom

    But there were SOME staff featured and one woman didn’t seem to be too senior to cop any blowback from her peers – the woman dealing with the long-haired dude who got suckered into a Job Trial (free work for unscrupulous employers. Yeah, no wonder it seemed so ideal to him!). She was a lowly job coach and I wonder what flack she received for appearing on camera…

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