Quoting Back to Noob Status:" Ah...that makes more sense if that is the case. I don't think too many companies are going to ... [snip!] ... are going to pay a livable wage if it is only an option. But I have heard that the UK has major problems with welfare. OP?"
The UK's welfare problems are huge at the moment.
Our previous government were very pro welfare and made it pretty much the easiest thing to live very well without the need to work. It was not only easy to get welfare but easy to con the system and get more than you needed. It is now at a point where adults who have been on welfare amost of their lives now have teenage children who are saying when they leave school they plan to be on welfare. Like it's a genuine career option!!!
IMO welfare is great and should be available to those who need it but only as a temporary measure until they no longer need it. People shouldn't aspire to be on welfare all of their lives.
Another problem with our welfare is it is too easy for imigrants to have it. At the moment anyone can move here from another country and immediately start claiming welfare. A lot of imigrants are even claiming welfare for family members who have since moved back to their own country. Even foreigners are learning how to fraud our welfare system. My SIL is Polish and she found a college course back in Poland about teaching people the loopholes in the UK welfare system!!!!!!
Our new government came into power in 2010 and promised to stop welfare abusers and cheats. So far they seem to have only stopped welfare from the 3 groups who seem to genuinely need it most.... the elderly, the disabled and families with young children.
It's a big mess at the minute.