Dole Animators at an event

Dole Animators

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 Government 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 resulting film was officially launched on 15 October at a special roundtable event at the House of Commons, organised by the charity Child Poverty Action Group. 

You can visit their website and view the film here.