We now live in a ludicrous situation where the Welfare System provides a comfortable existence for people who know how to manipulate the system. The State have very kindly provided an army of 'do-gooders' to help people to scrounge their way to a life of leisure. By taxing workers beyond any measure of what is reasonable, and paying the rent and council tax of the unemployed (in addition to a fortnightly handout for beer etc), it has now become pointless to take minimum wage jobs as one can 'earn' as much sitting on one's backside as one can by working for the basic rate and then paying all one's own bills. People who own their own houses do not have their mortgages paid so must take slave wages or face eviction - and in the latter case, they will be housed at the expense of the tax-payer! This removes any incentive to own property - but of course that is the idea of the Communitarian, aka Communist, Establishment who spout the mantra "Property is Theft" (at least, Property for others). Madness.
The legal system has been equally distorted. Bleeding hearty liberals employed as Probation workers, Prison Governors etc have made prisons so lax that they no longer are a deterrent. The prisons are now so overcrowded that Courts are ordered by the State to only remand people in exceptional circumstances. Instead, criminals are tagged electronically and given curfews - thus allowing them to continue their criminal activities hindered only by having to be at home for set periods (usually night-time). They may also have to give urine samples for drug analysis once a week, and undertake a couple of hours unpaid work per week. It really does prove how lax the Prison system is that criminals will offend over and over whilst on a non-custodial Court Order in order to be incarcerated for a couple of weeks to quash the Probation requirements! They WANT to go to prison! But why wouldn't they? In prison they have access to more heroin, crack etc than they could dream of outside, and due to 'human rights' campaigners they do not have to do any work at all, and must be provided with leisure and educational facilities. For many people, Prison accommodation is preferable to that which they have in the real world, and it is a great place to network with other criminals.