Published: 4th Mar 2014

Delivering public services is a risky business, full of what Donald Rumsfeld famously – and rather presciently – called ‘unknown unknowns’.  As the nature of social risk has changed, so have our means of addressing them.  Yet they have not changed fast enough.  Young people risk falling through the gaps of a fragmented and cash-strapped welfare system without new ways of working across traditional divides to support citizens in meaningful ways. Seventy years ago, William Beveridge designed a welfare state that would slay the five ‘giant’ evils of squalor, want, ignorance, idleness and disease.  His blueprint has largely – and impressively – endured. Yet he could not have forseen the ways in which our political economy has evolved, in some ways fundamentally changing the relationship between public services, business and civil society.  Young people feel these changes acutely.  Unemployment figures remain stubbornly high, and, worryingly, one recent survey from the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)