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Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce lends support to benefits backing campaign
ERITH and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce has given her support to a campaign backing the benefits system.
According a poll by the Who Benefits? campaign, 81 percent of people agree "benefits are an important safety net to support people when they need help".
More than Two thirds of the 1,955 respondents in the online poll (64 per cent) agreed "we all benefit as a society when support from benefits is available for those that need it".
The campaign has been launched by more than 70 charities and community groups brought together by The Children’s Society, Crisis, Gingerbread, Macmillan Cancer Support and Mind.
Ms Pearce said: "As a young mother, I had no option but to turn to the welfare state to help me and my small daughter survive.
"Those who claim benefits are now often blamed for their circumstances instead of given the non-judgmental support they need to move forward, which is sad and damaging."
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