Hartlepool MP Mike Hill has hit out after the latest episode of the TV show Skint Britain: Friends Without Benefits.
The three-part Channel 4 show is filmed in Hartlepool which was one of the pilot areas for the roll-out of the Government's new benefits system.
The show aims to portray how the system has impacted on people's lives and the second episode shows people turn to crime as they struggle on the new system.
At the end of the episode a statement which appears on screen reads that the Government says there is no evidence to link Universal Credit with a rise in crime.
But Mr Hill says that he disputes the statement saying: "Where people are destitute because of things like being sanctioned and having £5 to live off for a full month, where people have hit rock bottom, clearly there is a likelihood that crime may occur.
"Universal Credit will have had an affect and the Government can't deny that."
Mr Hill said: "I am still unhappy with it, as it still portrays Hartlepool in a bad light.
"People who are genuinely suffering in silence, people at food banks, people who are having disability benefits taken off them.
"The impact Universal Credit is having on people in the town just is not coming through in a way that properly demonstrates the true impact of things like sanctions and underpayments, having to access food banks.
"It doesn't show any of that and it doesn't show the kind of support and community support that is available for these people or what people do on a daily basis to support people in need.
"None of that is properly portrayed and that is part of the story - the fact that so many people in our town do what they can to help other people.
"Although the programme didn't absolutely portray Hartlepool as the Wild West it still remains that there are elements of poverty porn.
"It doesn't do genuine people justice."
Video by Channel 4.