In praise of wel­fare

The Week - - Letters -

To The Guardian

How right Ni­co­las Tim­mins is when he writes that the wel­fare state is some­thing to be proud of. I was born in the 1950s, into a fam­ily be­set by poverty, ill­health and un­em­ploy­ment. Home was a war­dam­aged slum, out­side toi­let, no heat­ing, four to a bed. My par­ents,

de­spite their best ef­forts, would have been un­able to fully care for me. But with the state’s sup­port, I flour­ished. I was able to com­plete my school­ing, go to uni­ver­sity, earn enough to sup­port my­self, my par­ents and my own fam­ily, watch my chil­dren thrive and pros­per. The wel­fare state should be cher­ished and recog­nised for what it re­ally is: the state – me and you and ev­ery­one else – car­ing for the wel­fare of oth­ers. Mike Storey, Holme, Cam­bridgeshire

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