I don't think anyone has actually addressed the question asked a couple of times - if welfare is intended to be a stepping stone, a form of assistance during difficult times - why would one be scrimping and saving for bug luxury items over the long term anyway??
I'm probably going to get flamed for this but it is a genuine question. Is it because in many cases it is not being used as intended. Some people have no intention of returning to the workforce at all even if they were able to. It is actually being used to fund lifestyle choices (i.e. to stay at home with the kids)?