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Season 29

12 Jan. 2015
How to Blow Your Pension
Changes to the rules regarding private pension withdrawals mean some retirees are planning on raiding their pension pot to take luxury holidays or pay of debts. Michael Buerk asks if the state will be left to pick up the pieces.
 
19 Jan. 2015
Low Pay Britain
As parties launch their General Election campaigns focusing on Britain's economic recovery, Morland Sanders investigates the reality of the workforce today and shows how major companies are saving money on wages and taxes.
 
26 Jan. 2015
The Great Car Con
British motorists were told that diesel would be the cheap, environmentally friendly fuel of the future but growing concerns over harmful emissions and the reliability of emissions tests have led to calls for surcharges or bans on diesels.
 
16 Feb. 2015
The Secrets of the Parking Wardens
The number of parking tickets issues by private firms has rocketed since 2007, with more than 2.5 million issued annually. Reporter Antony Barnett goes undercover to investigate why complaints against them have also grown.
 
23 Feb. 2015
Politicians for Hire II
Dispatches goes undercover once again to expose the cash-for-access scandal of MP's accepting fees to provide access to government. This time two former Foreign Secretaries are the target of the sting operation.
 
2 Mar. 2015
Britain's Benefits Crackdown
The Government has vowed to clampdown on benefit claimants and has introduced a new system of sanctions against those it thinks are abusing the system. Liz MacKean meets those hit by the new penalties.
 
9 Mar. 2015
Benefits Britain: Universal Credit
The Government is introducing the new Universal Credit in the biggest welfare reform in a generation. It is claimed the new benefit is helping people back into work, Dispatches investigates claims the new system is a shambles.
 
16 Mar. 2015
Britain's Defence Squeeze
In the wake of significant cuts to the UK defence budget, Morland Sanders asks if the nation is still able to defend itself adequately in the face of a growing range of threats.
 
23 Mar. 2015
How to Buy a Meeting with a Minister
In the run-up to the General Election, Antony Barnett presents an undercover investigation into the way in which donors can pay to attend social functions with government ministers to discuss "issues".
 
27 Apr. 2015
The Secrets of Sports Direct
How does Sports Direct sell it's trainers and clothing so cheaply? Harry Wallop examines the hidden costs behind the success of the high street store who have been accused of "reprehensible" business practices.
 
1 Jun. 2015
Trains: Are You Paying Too Much?
As rail passenger numbers hit an all-time high Morland Sanders goes undercover inside one of Britain's biggest rail operators to examine the key problems of ticket pricing, overcrowding and compensation claims.
 
8 Jun. 2015
Where to Save Your Money
Interest rates are at their lowest in 300 years, Channel 4 News Business Editor Siobhan Kennedy reports on the problems facing savers and examines some of the options available to them in a confusing market.
 
15 Jun. 2015
Exams: Cheating the System?
Seyi Rhodes examines how some schools and pupils are coping with the stresses and strains of the exam system by bending the rules. He speaks to 'whistleblowers' within the education sector who reveal some of the tactics used.
 
22 Jun. 2015
The Great British Property Divide
From million-pound flats to so-called "poor doors", Morland Sanders investigates how rising house prices can transform communities and the impact the right-to-buy law will have on the property divide.
 
29 Jun. 2015
Salt: Are You Eating Too Much?
Amidst calls to reduce the amount of salt consumed in our diets, reporter Tazeen Ahmad uncovers disturbing evidence that the labelling of salt content on our food is far from always accurate.
 
1 Jul. 2015
Kids in Crisis
In this hour-long special report Dispatches meets with four families who all have children who suffer from mental illness. The lack of local residential care means these youngsters have to be separated from their loved ones to seek help.
 
6 Jul. 2015
How Councils Blow Your Millions
Dispatches reporter Antony Barnett investigates the secretive deals that British local authorities have done with banks around the world that are costing the UK taxpayer millions of pounds.
 
15 Jul. 2015
Escape from Isis
In this one-hour special report Dispatches reveals the brutal regime millions of women face when living under the control of the so-called Islamic State and meets a dedicated team of men risking their lives to free them.
 
23 Jul. 2015
Hunted - Gay and Afraid
Dispatches investigates the well-funded global network of groups that are supporting a new wave of anti-gay legislation around the world including America's "World Congress of Families".
 
26 Oct. 2015
How to Stop Your Nuisance Calls II
Millions of people are plagued by nuisance callers trying to sell them things that they don't want, Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the cold calling industry and meets the people fighting back.
 
9 Nov. 2015
Aldi's Supermarket Secrets
Discount supermarket chain Aldi continues to go from strength to strength, recently overtaking Waitrose as Britain's sixth biggest supermarket. Morland Sanders goes undercover to see if quality and service are suffering.
 
16 Nov. 2015
Britain's Nightmare New Homes
With the Government pledging to build a million new homes across Britain by 2020, Seyi Rhodes investigates if the rush to build so many new houses is having an impact on the quality these homes.
 
7 Dec. 2015
Low Pay Britain II
The Government has promised to help create 3 million apprenticeships alongside a new national living wage. Dispatches investigates claims that some employers are wasting public money and abusing the trust placed in them.
 
14 Dec. 2015
How the Monarchy Can Make You Millions
Around 800 companies hold royal warrants and it is thought that they make an extra £4 billion a year because of it. With the stakes so high, Antony Barnett examines the system of granting royal approval.
 
22 Dec. 2015
The Children Who Beat Ebola
The remarkable story of five extraordinary children in Sierra Leone who fought off the deadly Ebola virus and overcame loss and social stigma to rebuild their lives.
 

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