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Benefits Street: The Hidden Story Debate

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After the controversy of Channels 4's Benefits Street, we're hosting a live twitter debate on Monday 17th February at 8.30pm.

Running during 'Benefits Street: The Final Word' and 'Benefits Britian: The Live Debate", we want to hear YOUR opinion on how housing associations, social businesses, councils, NHS Trusts, health, social and employment agencies can do more to support communities. 

We believe organisations such as Bromford have a responsibility to find solutions to the issues 'Benefits Street' poses, and empower and encourage social change by providing people with the tools to help themselves.

Our panel will lead the the discussion, but anyone can get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #HiddenStory, or by using our interactive discussion below. 

The #HiddenStory panel are:

Paul Taylor – Paul wants to explore how innovation can help provide solutions and overcome the negative stigma of benefits. Paul recently published a VERY popular bloglooking beyond the controversy of Benefits Street. 

John Wade – As Managing Director of Support, New Ventures and Innovation, John believes the support sector must take responsibility and action for some of the issues in the show.  John recently wrote about how we must give the tools for people to helpthemselves, rather than simply giving them welfare.

James Walsh – James is hugely passionate about employment, and believes that when provided with the right opportunities and support, everyone will make the choice to help themselves be the best they can be.

Shirley Ayres - Influential commentator on social care and health, Shirley regularly tweets about how various sectors (such as health and housing, care and councils) can work together to better all communities.

Rebecca Daddow – Recovery and Justice Lead for Nurture Development (@NurtureDev), Rebecca’s role entails supporting and researching recovery, rehabilitation and partnership working. Her interests surround 'Citizen development’ and inspiring citizen-led social change