If parents don’t equip their children to do their children to do their best and prepare them for independence, even if it needs a bit of tough love at times, they fail them.
Yet when a political party suggests measures to encourage people off benefits so they can be independent they’re accused of beneficiary bashing.
A relatively few people have physical, mental or intellectual disabilities which prevent them from ever being independent and few begrudge them state support.
Most other people who require benefits do so only temporarily due to circumstances beyond their control. Once they get over the problem they are able to support themselves again.
Some of the rest need help to become job ready. That isn’t usually either cheap or easy but it’s better in the long run for them and society as a whole than letting them languish on benefits.
With a few the problem isn’t that they can’t work, it’s that they won’t. They’re the tough cases and they need tough love.
If the state doesn’t all it can to help those who need it to be independent, which might require both carrot and stick, it is failing not only them but the taxpayers who have to support them.