Beveridge Report: The State Of Welfare in London

75 years ago the reformist Sir William Beveridge released his famous Beveridge Report proposing a system of cradle-to-grave social security, that became a blueprint for the welfare state and the NHS. But three-quarters of a century on, is some of his work in danger of being undone? Charities are warning modern versions of his five "giant evils" among them squalor, disease and idleness - are still issues in London today. In the first of a series of reports this week. Ruth Zorko looks at The State of Welfare, and modern day Squalor in the capital -writes itv.com.

75 years ago there were queues along the length of the Kingsway in central London of people desperate to get their hands on the Beveridge report. It was to be a best seller, Sir William Beveridge's proposal of cradle-to-grave social security, that became a blueprint for the welfare state and the NHS.

But three-quarters of a century on is some of his work - in eliminating the five so-called 'giant evils' of society - in danger of being undone? Ruth Zorko looks at The State of Welfare, and modern day disease in the capital.

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