The facts are unequivocal: children brought up in families where at least one parent is working generally do better than children in families on the same income from a benefit.
That doesn’t mean that every child in a working family does well, nor that every child in a beneficiary family doesn’t.
It does mean that the chances of doing better, in social and financial terms, are greater in working families than beneficiary ones.
It does mean that there’s more than a monetary value to work and more than the income to lose by not working.
This is why National is determined to help people who can work to do so, and why 84,000 more jobs added to the economy last year is cause for celebration.