Funny all this mention of people on the dole with big tellys.
Funny thing is, you only have to buy a big telly once. So you've got a job, you buy a big telly.
Then say you end up out of a job. Big tellys go for peanuts second hand, so you won't get much for it. And what would you do for cash once that's gone? You'd end up with no telly at all, and the kids would be piss bored and getting up to all sorts of trouble.
So rather than stave off being skint for another week, you decide to keep the thing that stops the kids driving you mental.
Rotting on the vine for £56/wk presents you with choices like this all the time. Care to switch places?
Instead we should be making welfare, or the perception of it less attractive. Vouchers instead of cash, limits on new child benefits whilst out of work, community work, anything that will put people off it as a lifestyle choice.
Well, simply put, how do you expect this to work?
"Hello, is this joe blogs the plumbers? Do you take food vouchers? No please don't hang u-"
Child benefits limits on those out of work? "Sorry kid, your mum lost her job. I know those school shoes are too small but you'll have to live with the ingrown toenails. Stop crying! Eventually the leather will burst open and your toes will dangle out."
The assumption you're making is that being on the dole is attractive or even sustainable for the majority of people on it.
The reality is you just see your life savings disappear in a poof of smoke and end up going through two winters with the gas cut off. I know, been there done that.