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Dan standing in a warehouse at his place of work


It's alarming to think where I'd be without the help I recieved.

We all need support sometimes. Yet too often those who have been helped by benefits get ignored, misrepresented or at worst blamed for their situation.

But if the millions of us who have needed benefits share our stories - and those who haven't express their support – then together we can change the debate.

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Even if you have never been supported by benefits you can still take action and help change the debate.

Life can be unpredictable, but no one should go hungry because they lose their job or become homeless because they get ill. Support should be there for all of us if we need it.

Sign our petition to call on politicians to show respect for all those who need help from benefits.

"Politicians should do far more to listen to and understand people who need support from benefits, speak about them with respect and focus on tackling the real reasons that people are struggling."


What benefits do we mean?

Who Benefits? needs stories from anyone who has ever received working-age benefits support, such as tax credits, jobseekers’ allowance, housing benefit, carers’ allowance, income support or disability benefits.

The campaign is not about pensions or other retirement-age benefits.


Dan, 54


I work in a sorting office in the north east. I�ve worked all my life apart from between 2010 till the end of 2012.

I was applying for jobs all that time � everything from admin roles to basic manual jobs � but it was extremely difficult to get anything. The flat I was living in was mostly being paid for by housing benefit but I had to top it up from my job seekers. After bills I didn�t have much left to live off. I started growing food on my allotment but you need rent for that as well. Eventually I had to move out and live on the floor of a friend�s office. It�s a bit like being in limbo. During those two years I relied on benefits, but I can�t say it fulfilled all my needs. It�s alarming to think where I�d be without it though.