Figures released from the Department for Work and Pensions have revealed more of the nature of the Welfare State. As reported in The Times:
120,000 adults aged 18 to 34 have been on incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance for five years or more.
A further 130,000 have been on the benefit for at least two years.
An analysis of the figures for May 2007 shows that more than a third of the 289,150 adults aged 25 to 34 have been on benefits for more than five years . . .
A spokesman for the DWP said that 300,000 of the 504,000 young people claiming sickness benefit last May had mental and behavioural disorders.
Yes, they are claiming sickness benefit because they can’t behave. With the sort of young people that are leaving schools now, we can only expect these numbers to increase. Kids will have even less motivation to buckle down and do their work – they can be as disruptive as they want to be – even get thrown out when school governors can resist the pressure of the Government to keep them in the classroom – and they will still get an income from the State.