trust – tolerance – self-sufficiency

Our Byzantine and bureaucratic social security and pensions systems are nightmarish and need to be radically overhauled.  The aim should be to ensure that those in need receive appropriate support while at the same time being encouraged to help themselves – say by making part-time or home employment easier – without being financially punished for their efforts.  Simplicity is essential here, as, wherever there is a ‘system’, people play it, and the more complex and bureaucratic it becomes, ostensibly in the name of ‘value for money’ or ‘social equity’, the more it is played.


  1. Practical ideas for radically simplifying the existing system