But you wouldn’t know it from reading the papers. Media coverage usually ignores the large numbers of people who work and rely on benefits.
As public servants our members are often poorly paid and many of them depend on these ‘in-work’ benefits to get by.
That’s why we’re stepping up our campaign for a welfare system that gives people the support they need and offers real routes out of poverty.
Supportive social security systems based on dignity and respect help individuals, families, communities and the wider economy.
Life on benefits is far from easy. Since the link between benefits and earnings was ended under the Thatcher government the level of benefits has fallen from 20% of average waged income to only 10%. Jobseeker’s Allowance for someone under 25 is now only £56.25.
But this government has launched the biggest attack on the welfare state for generations:
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"I work part-time at the jobcentre so I can take my children to and from school.
"They could refuse to pay my benefits because I refuse to work more hours.
"Me and the kids will end up staying in B&Bs."
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