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Monday, 4 June, 2001, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK
Webcast: Newcastle

ISSUE: WELFARE

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How much has the government done for the nation's poor? Are children from the poorest families being given a decent start in life? Can retired people live adequately on a state pension?

Unemployment levels may have fallen, but are the jobs available jobs people want? Can people cope on benefits?

Unemployment, homelessness, child poverty, pensions - all are contentious issues in today's economic climate.

On 4 June in the Norland Community Centre, Scotswood, Newcastle, we were joined by a panel of guests to discuss the state of our welfare system.

Among those speaking were the Reverend Jeremy Clark-King, James Anderson from the End Child Poverty Coalition and Frank Lott, chairman of the Northern region of the National Pensioners Convension.

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