In 2011 the level of public spending on the welfare state by the British Government accounted for £113.1 billion, or 16% of government. By 2020 welfare spending will rise to 1/3rd of all spending making it the largest expense followed by housing benefit, council tax benefit, benefits to the unemployed, and benefits to people with low incomes.
Too many fakers. We need to reform the system to root out fakers and immigrant non-citizens and those trying to avoid work and ensure that legal citizens who are genuinely trying to find work but can't receive welfare. So right now, I lean towards more. But whatever ensures reform sometimes.
More. We should raise the minimum wage to a beginner's living wage and only provide welfare to those who are incapable of working and for up to 6 months in between jobs. People with repairable conditions should be actively getting treatment and doing all that they can to support themselves. The government should find ways besides direct funding from the government to help people get treatment when they can't afford it. For example, they can ask people to donate to charity, do crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, and hire a paid or unpaid (volunteer) worker to find ways to make money for the person, such as through GoFundMe.
We don't need less or more benefits or restrictions, just correctly directed benefits. Any benefit given by the federal government should be precise. An example: Food stamps should be more like WIC, as some food stamps are used to buy junk food, instead of the much needed fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats needed.
A more targeted reform of the system and oversight of who and how benefits are resolved, favoring supporting Women and Children and families and isolated elderly persons. De-incentivizing single healthy male youth joblessness. Supporting all who have been classed out of careers they were trained for in their youth, by our ever changing and advancing society.
More, cap benefits so no one leaches off welfare forever; increase benefits for the elderly and disabled; remove and deny immigrants, especially illegal immgrants, from welfare programs; make it supplemental rather than a replacement for work income.
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