#9281244, By MightyMouse The UK General Politics Thread

  • MightyMouse 9 Jan 2013 16:42:40 1,091 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    darkmorgado wrote:
    Khanivor wrote:
    The UK does have an issue with benefit dependency
    I think you will find that there is absolute zero evidence of that beyond political rhetoric.
    This took all of two secs to google:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8277440/Quarter-of-a-million-children-growing-up-in-cycle-of-benefit-dependency.html
    I think a lot of people would just read that as Britain having a problem that there are too few jobs. I mean, that's the root problem, being on unemployment benefits is kind of a symptom. And once you've been unemployed it's harder to get another job so if you've got a large number of people with no jobs, you'll get a large number who are long-term unemployed.

    I guess the point is 'benefits dependency' suggests (to me at least) that there are enough jobs for everyone and they're all just choosing to be unemployed. Whereas those long-term unemployment figures happen mainly because there's too few jobs.
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