Well, we know this but the politicians, especially in Britain do not.
Except that the study of 2005 in the UK showed that any money put towards helping the poorer families helped stability and cohesion in the families as well as reducing stress and reducing expenditure on alcohol and tobacco.
Plus look at the actual figure – for every one dollar on safety nets six are wasted going towards aiding and supporting the rich in tax avoidance.
Very sobering and time it was acknowledged that the current neoliberal agenda is causing huge harm to society.
Aha – they do not believe in society so there’s the rub.