- clean water
- nutritious food
- suitable clothing
- a warm, dry, safe place to sleep
But somehow, over the course of the 20th century, and the first decade of the 21st, the British welfare system has grown into a faceless, unaccountable behemoth, which squanders £100 billion of taxpayer's money every year . Efficiency is low; fraud is rife. Recipients feel entitled to the subsidy they receive; donors feel extorted. 4.8 million people of working age live in a house where nobody works!
We must find a better way.
I understand that James Bartholomew has some ideas. I look forward to reading his book: The Welfare State We're In.
 As always, figures vary. David Martin, author of Benefit simplification: How, and why, it must be done, arrives at £155.9 billion.