Which is the most significant weakness of the welfare state in Britain

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Which is the most significant weakness of the welfare state in Britain

    Question: Which is the most significant weakness of the welfare state in Britain? Low efficiency

    Increase in government spending

    The ‘Why Work’ attitude?

    Explain your answer.

Low efficiency is a significant weakness of the welfare state in Britain. Low Explain the

    productivity of labour and poor service were among the major problems faced first problem

    by government-owned companies in providing public utilities such as

    telecommunication services, water and gas. The workers in these government-Dec

    owned companies did not need to worry about making a profit. As a result,

    hospitals have long waiting queues. The doctors and nurses were inadequate to deal with the increasing number of patients seeking free treatment, many of which were non-urgent. More patients seek for dental treatment. The richer

    patients who could pay chose to be at the ‘private’ wards. Those who had no money to pay had to wait for a long time for their wards at NHS. Low

    efficiency would affect the quality of work rendered at the workplace. Such quality would deter investors to come to Britain to start up businesses.

Increase in the government spending is also a significant weakness to the Explains the

    welfare state in Britain. In the past many people took advantage of the free second

    health and medical care in order to obtain what they are lacked. Doctors freely problem

    used or recommended medical treatment, with no consideration for costs. The

    British government had hoped that government expenses would fall after all the

    people had been treated. But still expenses kept increasing every year. Health

    services consumed 17% of government expenditure and social welfare benefit

    took 32%.

    This was significant as the government had to reduce spending in other

    important areas like education.

The ‘Why Work’ attitude is also as significant weakness to the welfare state in Explains the

    Britain. Some politicians claimed that welfare benefits made the poor trapped in third problem

    a vicious cycle, depending on welfare benefits from the government. This resulted in little or no motivation for the poor to work as they could live on welfare benefits. Welfare benefits produced an indifferent attitude towards work and personal responsibility as many the poor regarded welfare benefits as a right. As a result, many British people refused to work hard as they could

    always stretch out their hands and depend on the government for hand-outs.

I believe that the ‘Why Work’ attitude is the most significant weakness to the Weighs the

    welfare state in Britain. The attitude of a person is the driving force towards problems

    one’s behaviour. It could lead to low efficiency. As a result, companies would operate at a loss and soon would need large amounts of government funds to save the company. This would in turn result in an increase in the government

    spending. The root cause of the all problems is still the attitudes of the people.

Done by: Leong Chao Yi (31)

     Richard Ang Wee Cher (23)


L1 Unsupported agreement or disagreement 1

    with the statement.

L2 Disagrees and identifies reasons 2-3

     Award 2 marks for identifying an alternative

    reason and another additional mark for

    another reason.

L3 Explains the given reason or other reasons 4-6

     Award 4 marks for explanation of the given

    reason and another additional mark for

    supporting details to a max of 6 marks


    Award 4 marks for explanation of another

    reason and another additional mark for

    supporting details to a max of 6 marks

L4 Explains the given reason AND other 6-8


     Award 6 marks for explanation of the given

    reason and identification of an alternative

    reason. Award 7-8 marks for any

    explanation of reasons on both sides.

L5 Comparative answers judging the relative 9-10

    importance of different reasons, based on L4

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