What is the benefit cap?

What is the benefit cap?

A look at what the benefit cap is, what it will mean for those receiving benefits and what the political reaction to the cap has been.

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Could this be the next Benefits Street?

Channel 4 is considering a road in Stockton on Teesside as a potential location for the next series of the controversial show Benefits Street.

The reality series follows the lives of people living on benefits. The first series was criticised for stereotyping those looking for work.

Dan Ashby assembled a group of different people from the area, including a jobseeker, businessman and the local MP, and asked them how they felt about the idea:

Would you watch a 'Benefits Street' in the North East? Let us know what you think via Twitter @itvtynetees or on our Facebook page.

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Your view: should 'Benefits Street' be in the North East?

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. @itvtynetees It would be disastrous and do the northeast a disservice. Such programmes NEVER portray reality.

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@itvtynetees People work hard to show the NE as the fantastic place we all know it is only for it to be undone with gutter TV like this.

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@itvtynetees @itvnews How would this programme help people on benefits? It would just end up holding them up for vilification.

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Benefits Street in Stockton - what do you think?

These people around Dixon Street in Stockton gave us their views on the possibility of the reality TV show Benefits Street coming to the area, after researchers for the programme visited to scout for the next location.

Let us know how you would feel about a 'Benefits Street' in the North East on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/itvtynetees) or via Twitter.

Channel 4 looking for new "Benefits Street"

Channel 4 have confirmed they are looking for new locations for the second series of the programme Benefits Street. However, they said they have not decided on a where the filming will be yet. Researchers were spotted doing initial research on Dixon Street in Stockton.

"Love Productions are in development and researching potential new locations for a second series of Benefits Street around the country.

"The first series ignited an important debate about the welfare system and we are interested in seeing if we can revisit this through the experiences of residents of a street in a different part of Britain.

"Benefits Street was a fair and balanced observational documentary series filmed for over a year on a street where the majority of households receive benefits. It was a sympathetic, humane and objective portrayal of how people are coping with continuing austerity and cuts in benefits.”

– Channel 4

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Could the next Benefits Street be in Stockton?

Film crews have been spotted on Dixon Street in Stockton

Researchers trying to find a location for the second series of Benefits Street have been looking at Dixon Street in Stockton.

The first series of the documentary made unlikely celebrities of the residents on James Turner Street in Birmingham. Within a week of the first episode, 30,000 people had signed a petition calling for Channel 4 to stop broadcasting the series.

Channel 4 said its researchers were looking for new locations, but it did not confirm where the next series will be filmed.

Full report: Pupils "expect" life on benefits

More than one in six young people living in the North East expect to end up on benefits. The research, published by The Prince's Trust, also found 40 per cent of young people here did not achieve five GCSEs graded A star to C last year.

With this year's results just days away, the youth charity is calling for more vocational support for school leavers who may be struggling.

Claire Montgomery reports.

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