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Is the Welfare State in Danger?

During the year of 1945 the Labour party under Clement Atlee laid down the foundations of the welfare state and subsequently, since the 1950’s the welfare state has been regarded as one of the UK’s most significant and precious assets. This staple asset was introduced as a response to the five “Giant Evils” in society: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease. The welfare state utilizes a part of the annual government budget to guarantee a minimum standard of living and social protection in the event of insecurity. This social programme is expressed in a range of institutions; from the National Health Service to compulsory state education. All three mainstream political parties have reached and expressed a rare consensus to protect and uphold the welfare state. However to what extent the welfare state will be protected is debateable by each individual party. Seeing as it was a Labour party initiative, the party has continuously increased government spending on the welfare state. Since Labour came to power in 1997 there have been particularly large average annual increases …