It very much reminded me of growing up on a large council estate in Newcastle in the 1940s/1950s - except they all had a lot more than we, and those around us, ever had.
Which is the core of the problem.
For the last 20 years there has been a constant chattering class scream for "more benefits, get children out of poverty and they will succeed" when all it has done is create dependency on the state which lasts generations. children see their parents with plenty of cash for the essentials (drink, drugs, sky) and see a benefit dependency as their future too.
In the old days if you were poor and wanted to better yourself you worked. Today, you pop out a few children till your benefits are worth SO MUCH that you would risk the lives of 5 of your many, many children to keep your £1000 a week income.