Six unemployed families and individuals are given a cash lump sum of £26,000 – and in return they must sign off from the benefits system to see if they can use the money to secure long-term prosperity. The opening episode introduces Romford grandmother Lorraine, who is keen to set up a market stall but feels out of her depth when it comes to balancing the books. Southend single parent Donna also has plans to go into business, while for cancer survivor Kim and her partner Adam, just returning to normality is enough. Can they make the most of their cash injection?
The Great British Benefit Handout is a bold social experiment which investigates a potentially ground-breaking solution to one of the biggest questions of today – how do we get people in the UK off benefits?
Three long-term families dependent on benefits are given a cash handout of 26,000 each, the current maximum yearly benefit cap for most families. In return, the families must agree to sign off benefits, and see if one large cash sum can turn their lives around for good.
The experiment asks the families to use the money in a way that can positively change their circumstances, make them happier and ultimately remove them from the benefit system. However, there are no strings attached and contributors will make their own decisions, spend money as they want but with the knowledge that theyve given up their lives on benefits, and theres no more to come.
Will the families be able to grasp this extraordinary opportunity or will the temptations of a large sum of money in their bank account distract them from their good intentions of building a business or finding work?
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