Benefit dependency? What a malicious and malignant term that is. It’s used as an attack on the poor, the unemployed, the sick and the disabled. It’s used to brand them as lazy and sub-human. It’s used to bully them.
The vast majority of people who are dependent on benefits are employed, retired or in charge. First of all, the government relies heavily on the benefits system. It allows them a psychological comfort zone when their self-justifying meddling backfires as it habitually does. It allows them to keep inflation down by the suppression of wages, and it provides them with target groups to be used as scapegoats.
Businesses are heavily addicted to the benefits system. It allows them to hire and fire at will with no impact on any residual vestiges of their consciences. It allows them to split 4 full time jobs into 10 part time jobs so that they have a worker-pool which is 2.5 time the size and costs them less. They are also the main drivers and beneficiaries of the suppression of wages.
The ordinary working people depend upon benefits, either directly through in-work benefits or indirectly as a safety net. Believing that they won’t starve if they get sick, made redundant, or have an accident allows them a sense of security (if only they knew).
Most pensioners are in direct receipt of benefits. They prefer not to think of pensions as benefits, but that’s exactly what they are.
I would dearly love to know what all these other groups are planning/expected to do to overcome THEIR benefit dependency.