Brown was speaking out after spending a week on a run-down council estate in her native Leeds for an ITV documentary, '7 Days On The Breadline". The show saw Mel B looking after five kids, aged six, eight, 12, 16 and 18, on a budget of just 264 pounds a week. "I did it to make a point and show that just because you''re a celebrity, you can live on benefits. But even I was shocked by the scale of what I saw," she said.
Kids hanging around on street corners, open drug dealing and a culture of fear and intimidation were just a few of the problems Mel had to face. She said: "The Government doesn't seem to be trying to find out how to help people in council estates.
"Give them a community centre or at least something for the kids to do to enrich their lives. The kids are bored and that always leads to trouble. Whether it's a library, somewhere to play basketball or take a computer course. Give them a sense of achievement. The kids just resorted to hanging about or wasting away watching TV. It was really sad," she added.