18 Jan 2016

Personality and welfare dependency?

Over the past five years, [Perkins] has accumulated a mass of evidence about the personalities of welfare claimants and concluded that individuals with aggressive, rule-breaking and anti-social tendencies — what he calls the ‘employment–resistant personality profile’ — are over-represented among benefit recipients. He also found that their children are likely to share those traits, which helps explain why poverty has a tendency to be passed down from one generation to the next.
Note that Toby Young doesn't go into anything as vulgar as numbers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My Housing Benefit office has a list of potentially violent claimants, its so a visiting officer wont go to their house. Most of the visits are to help a claimant with a form or for the more 'complex' cases. PV - the DWP do it as well.

The public counter has DNA swabs if anyone gets spat at.

At a rough guess, 20% of our letters go unanswered, its not the claimants responsibility to reply, its their support worker/social worker to do it for them.