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Cornwall's Benefit Fears

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1:42pm 5th April 2012
(Updated 1:42pm 5th April 2012)

A charity is warning some Cornish families choose to go without food, rather than claim benefits.

Research says a third do not collect because they are embarrassed.

It is as changes to the system come in.

Tomorrow is being dubbed Black Friday amid fears up to a million families will be worse off.

Rob Tolan from Turn 2 Us, the charity which wrote the report, said:
"In the city people tend to be a bit more faceless so if you're someone that's contemplating claiming benefits in a rural area you might have that added fear that other people would know about your business and know about it very quickly"

"All of these social ills that we now face, all these economic problems, the implication seems to be well that's because we have a culture in this country of people not getting off their backsides and going into work, and that's not representative of the facts"

"What we've got to remember in the main is that the vast majority of people who are in receipt of these benefits are in receipt of them because they've lost their job, because they're ill, because they've had an accident that's rendered them disabled and that's what it is all meant to be about"

1:42pm 5th April 2012

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