Friday, 30 October 2009

Safety nets and disablity

When you have a safety net you get a poverty trap. That means that if you have a benefit then someone who doesn't quite fit the requirements for the benefit will have to work hard to get a similar amount to someone who is not employed. In fact they may get less because they have to pay to get to and from work.

There are other benefits that may not even have a financial gain but have a similar trap. If you have a disabled badge you can park in places that others can't. I have seen someone park in a disabled spot and walk their dog around a park. I also see very large and expensive 4x4 vehicles in disabled parking places. It may be that disability benefit allows people to drive a more expensive car but there is a certain irony that a disabled badge goes with a vehicle for which you need a certain level of fitness.

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