The following graph illustrates that. Someone who has been benefit-dependent for 1-6 months has a much higher likelihood of leaving for employment than someone with a duration of a year or more. Although the graph was released this month (September 2022) it only contains data to June 2020 unfortunately:
In each of the years shown, the likelihood of leaving a benefit for employment has decreased.
Compounding that, in June 2017, 74% of all beneficiaries (203,772) had been on a benefit for more than a year. This grew to 75% in June 2022 (257,490).
For Jobseeker beneficiaries the respective percentages climbed from 57% (67,479) to 61% (104,985).
Most disturbing is this growing dependency is happening against a backdrop of employers across the board crying out for workers.
This scenario seals it. The welfare system has morphed well beyond a last-resort, safety net.
Lindsay Mitchell is a welfare commentator who blogs HERE.