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19 Nov, 2013

Paying benefits ‘does not make unemployed lazy’ – The Independent

Paying high levels of benefits to the unemployed does not lead to them becoming lazy, or lacking motivation to find a job according to a European-wide study charting the well-being of claimants.

Comparing how joblessness affected the life satisfaction of people in 28 countries, the report from the University of Edinburgh found that there was no overall trend – the amount of benefits people received did not affect how people felt about being unemployed in a uniform way.

An example is that both Finland and Luxembourg both place in the top 25 per cent in terms of unemployment benefits expenditure yet those without jobs have high levels of dissatisfaction. Poland and Romania however follow the opposite trend, sitting in the bottom 25 per cent for expenditure, but their jobless are amongst the least affected.

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