Large sections of the unemployed population have been accused of feigning disability and illness, they've been labelled as greedy and lazy, preferring to live off generous state benefits rather than contribute to society. It's this 'Shameless' generation that coalition government changes to the benefits system aim to hit hard.
In a two-part documentary Tom Heap aims to get behind the tabloid headlines, meeting today's unemployed and the companies, government agencies and charities charged with getting them back to work.
Can new government initiatives push the unemployed into work? Tom Heap investigates.