Why should I work when I’d be no better off than on benefits?

It’s a question you’ve most likely heard – those who make benefits a lifestyle don’t feel that they would gain anything financially by working, and so decide to continue as they are.
1. Job Satisfaction

Deep down, people who work are kinda smug – at least some of the time. It’s a nice feeling knowing that you’ve got purpose – you’re needed, valued and relied upon. Yes, you may only earn a minimum wage and yes you may be able to earn the same kind of money on benefits, but wouldn’t it be nice for that money to be guilt free?

2. Money

There’s a lot of room for wage improvement. The longer you work, the more experienced you become, and the more you can earn. Disposable income becomes something to strive for rather than merely getting by. You can become self reliant rather than subject to regulations changing.

3. Morals

There’s so much outrage at those who live off benefits without any intention of working and long term workers feel bitter over their tax being used for other people to live from. You’re helping out others by working, rather than just doing it for yourselves. (We’re aware of the fact that there are many JSA/Income support etc receivers who are in genuine receipt of their benefits).

4. Generational Impact

It’s not unheard of for families to treat benefits as a lifestyle, which means children are brought up to believe this is OK – and this can be passed through generations. By setting an example, you’re likely to influence younger family members.

What do you think? Is there any value to these factors, or is money the only reason you’d work?