The welfare system was supposed to be a safety net for those who had fallen on hard times, but unfortunately it has gone much further than this. The system has been warped, and now in too many cases, benefits pay more than work, causing a dangerous drop in the nations work ethic. The number of people claiming benefits illegally is climbing. People live luxurious lifestyles on the dole for years. The country's welfare bill is through the roof, and needs to be significantly reduced, and the system fixed so only those who really need help while they get back on their feet get it.