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Britain can still afford the welfare state

Spending on education, pensions and the NHS is sustainable

By Peter Taylor-Gooby  

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The British welfare state has a grand tradition. Many argue it has no future. It includes highly popular mass services, such as the NHS, the education system and state pensions, and also welfare for the poor and low-waged, including unemployment and housing benefits, tax credits and family support. Services in the first area are highly popular, but cost a lot to run (currently nearly a quarter of GDP, some 55 per cent of all state spending).…

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