December 4, 2021

Why Do We Continue to Use Language That Perpetuates the Stigmatisation of People Who Receive Benefits in the UK?

Nicole Willis

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Manifesto, 2021

My poem is reflective of language and stereotypes of people who use the benefit system in UK. How this constantly degrading and uneducated slander is so heavily engrained in our society we cannot see past it. These words, ranging from football chants to quotes from politicians plague the media in such a volatile and unescapable way, it seems as though we will never be able to combat this stigma. I want to incorporate change and identify where these prejudices stem from, and how we change the system to be better designed for those who are left simply unsupported from circumstances they have no control over.