Granada investigates the benefits system

In a series of special reports, Granada Reports looks at the current benefits system.

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'It's conscious cruelty' - Filmmaker Ken Loach on the new benefit system

The film director Ken Loach says he has spoken to many people who have experienced the harsh reality of applying for benefits, as he portrays in his film "I Daniel Blake".

Ken Loach says the most vulnerable are being targeted and warns most people are just one pay packet away away from needing help, but it won't be there.

"I Daniel Blake" distributor is Entertainment One UK.

In April, the government plans to cut the new Employment Support Allowance (ESA) for ill or disabled claimants who are judged to be able to work in the future.

The allowance will be reduced by a third to £73.10 per week, the same as Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and is designed to give an incentive to disabled people to find work.

The Department of Work and Pensions says, "Our welfare reforms are increasing the support and incentives for people who move into work, while keeping an important safety net in place for those who need it."

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