Generous welfare systems do not create a culture of dependency

April 7, 2015 2:34 pm Published by

Generous welfare systems do not create a culture of dependency and actually make people more keen to work, a major Europe-wide study has found. The research released by the British Sociological Association comes as all major parties indicate they want to reduce spending on benefits. Survey responses from 19,000 people in 18 European countries, including the UK, indicated that the sums spent on welfare had a positive impact on people’s desire to find work. Sociologists Dr Kjetil van der Wel and Dr Knut Halvorsen examined responses to the statement “I would enjoy having a paid job even if I did not need the money” and compared responses with the amount the country spent on welfare benefits and employment schemes. The... View Article