In 1942, Beveridge believed post-war Britain would have to tackle five ‘Giant Evils’ of Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness.
When the National Conversation goes public later this year, we will ask if we face the same social problems today, or a set of new ones?
How interesting, then, that today Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien shows how the costs of childcare are becoming a big issue for families. He writes: “in Britain a typical working family can expect to spend more than a quarter (27%) of their net household income on childcare, one of the highest rates in any developed country. I have friends who spend more on childcare for their one toddler than they do on rent. No wonder some mothers wonder if it’s worth going back to work.”
What do you think?