The contributors of the TV show Benefit Street that is set in Birmingham's James Turner Street have told a live debate of the 'mad' reaction to the documentary. The series has been criticised for allegedly demonising people living on benefits.
One of the mainstays of the show Deirdre Kelly - known as White Dee - told the live debate that response to the show had been 90% positive.
Residents of 'Benefits Street' will be given the chance to respond to critics in a follow-up documentary to the series which was set in Birmingham.
The show followed people living on benefits in Birmingham's James Turner Street over a 12 month period and attracted widespread media attention. It also prompted debate in parliament over welfare dependancy.
The one-off documentary, 'Benefits Street: The Last Word', will feature regulars from the show, who will discuss their experience of living on benefits and the reaction to the series.
A Channel 4 spokesman said a live debate which aims to "shine a spotlight on the range of issues brought to the fore by Benefits Street" will follow the documentary.
A mum from Birmingham who gets £32,000 per year in benefits says she can't afford to work because of the costs of putting her seven children in after school clubs. Clare Bache's annual income of £32,000 from benefits is due to drop to around £26,000 following a changes to the system.
Ms Bache says the father of the children left seven years ago and doesn't pay anything towards his children.
A mum-of-seven from Birmingham says that planned cuts to her benefits will leave her family homeless. Clare Bache receives an annual income of £32,000 from benefits. She lives in a six-bedroomed house in Birmingham. She claims living on £2,000 per month will be impossible.