The current trend is towards the compelled society. Mutual obligations and breaching recipients for minor “failures” for those they can’t criminalise. Jail for those they can criminalise.
The more detailed the requirements, the more extensive the range of requirements, the greater the likelihood that people may not be able to totally comply with every single aspect therefore they may be placed in a situation where they are technically in breach – have no access to other funds and have to choose between continuing to receive a benefit for which they don’t totally qualify or go without income.
Written circa 2004
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