“If you really want to do something “for the sake of the children” then get their parents employed.”
This comes from Macdoctor who does his usual thorough analysis of stats showing more children were admitted to hospital during the recession.
Lindsay Mitchell comes to a similar conclusion:
Children in families with work do better than children with families on benefits despite both being on low incomes.
Children in families that work suffer the least abuse or neglect.
Children in families that work grow up with similar expectations for themselves.
The first aim of welfare reform must be to get people who can work into work. It is best for them, their children, society and the economy.
A caring society has a responsibility to look after those who can’t look after themselves. But a caring society must also help those who can help themselves to do so.
This could well be more expensive than just giving people benefits in the short term but it is the only way to halt benefit dependence and the vicious circle of deprivation it leads to.