This would be valid if unemployment was falling as a result of people leaving the labour force, therefore no longer being economically active. However, these drops in unemployment are accompanied with actual employment (which is measured as a proportion of the working age population) being at a record high.
The surge in employment has been accompanied by an increase in hours worked.
Whilst there is a difference between the Living Wage (as defined by the so called Foundation) and the National Living Wage (as defined by the government), there can be no argument against the fact that the National Living Wage does represent a substantial real terms increase in wage rates for those on the minimum wage.
At the time it was announced, the minimum wage was £6.70 and the NLW was set to be £7.20, which gives an immediate nominal wage increase of 7.4%.
The NLW is now at £7.50 an hour two years later, meaning that worker who was on £6.70 in 2015 has enjoyed a 12% nominal wage increase since the introduction of the NLW; or averaging a 6% yearly increase.
If you’re able to work and refuse, why should you expect handouts from the state?