Dole Animators is a group of benefit claimants based in the UK who worked together to make an animated documentary about the reality of the impact of the government’s recent welfare reform.
The project builds upon a small-scale qualitative research project exploring lived experiences of welfare reform, as part of doctoral research by Ruth Patrick. Working in partnership with award-winning documentary filmmaker Ellie Land, fifteen out-of-work benefit claimants were interviewed three times as they experienced the direct consequences of various welfare reforms.
Research participants included single parents being moved off Income Support and onto Jobseeker’s Allowance, disabled people being migrated from Incapacity Benefit and onto Employment and Support Allowance and young people facing a more stringent Jobcentre Plus / welfare-to-work regime.
The film was officially launched on 15th October at a special roundtable event at the House of Commons organised by the fantastic campaigning charity Child Poverty Action Group. You can follow us on facebook and tweet using #allinittogether.
Dole Animators has been funded via an Awards for All Grant from the National Lottery, and the project team are working in partnership with Gipton Supported Independent Living (GIPSIL).
GIPSIL is a community-based organisation established in 1993 on the Gipton estate in East Leeds in response to the difficulties faced by young people in an area of deprivation. GIPSIL provides housing and support to 110 young people at risk, including the homeless, lone parents and young offenders in East Leeds, as well as a city-wide service for 60 care leavers.