For families across the UK, who are income poor, but more than that, whose lives are blighted by worklessness, educational failure, family breakdown, problem debt and poor health, as well as other problems, giving them an extra pound - say through increased benefits - will not address the reason they find themselves in difficulty in the first place.
Worse still, unless there is a meaningful, sustainable change in the lives of the recipients, they become more dependent not less, resulting in poor social outcomes and deeper entrenchment.
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