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Your View: Does a Welfare System Really Help the Poor?

Jamie Frater

It has now been a week since our last your view and because today we find out the results of the election of the Mayor of London, I thought we should have a political question for Your View. Advocates of the Welfare system say that by giving money to the poor – either unemployed, or low income, helps them to survive – but often there is no means to get them out of the rut they are in. So, the question today is whether a welfare system really is a benefit to the poor. If not, what would be the best alternative?

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Does a Welfare System Really Help the Poor?

My answer: This is a very complex question, but forced to say yes or no, I would say no. While it helps people who really are in need, I think that a vast majority of people lose any motivation to get themselves out of their situation. In this way I think it does the poor a disservice, and the money earners a disservice as they are funding it. What do you think?

Jamie Frater

Jamie is the founder of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and cooking. He is fascinated with all things morbid and bizarre.

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