Whether for or against it, welfare is a problem. And one, as Frank Field notes in his article in last month’s Prospect Magazine that most sitting government (and even former sitting governments) have few incentives to tackle fully and honestly.

To a large extent the problem is funding. Whichever model you look at, there is the abiding problem of expectations outstripping resources. Something for which Beveridge, deeply embedded in wartime austerity and high levels of social solidarity, made little provision.

This is the first of three panels to consider the problem in tandem with a real world conversation in the City of York and the publication of a final report. This panel or "Moot" consists of John Lloyd of the FT, Theologian Claire Foster-Gilbert and David Taylor of the National Conversation and Mick Fealty of Slugger O'Toole.

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