Poverty traps are real in Malta and all across the world. The social benefits provided by government may hinder people from moving up the social ladder due to feeling comfortable and earning income by doing nothing. We need to incentives people to work and actually move out away from social benefits. Many initiatives and ideas come to mind so feel free to contact me and we can discuss. Self Sufficient living homes are an example - Carers and the carer system .... Should everyone be able and allowed to apply as a live in carer ? even without the necessary qualifications? Definitely not --- lets educate people and create a better society.