Month: January 2014

Is it always wrong to choose welfare over work?

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We are living in nasty times. The welfare state, a mark of civilization, has come to be seen as a thing of shame. Thousands struggling to find employment, and many more topping up poverty wages with tax credits, are castigated as ‘scroungers’. But it would be naïve to suppose that nobody ever chooses to continue to live on benefits when a job is available. It is a commonly assumed that choosing welfare over a job […]