I’ve been living in the UK for 8 months now, 3 of which I am in an asylum seeker status.
As a foreigner, I was prepared for the possibility that I might have a culture shock. But considering that this is a European country, I thought that everything would be quite understandable. And in general, it is. But at the same time, I note the differences in our cultures and I want to talk about some of them.
Let’s start with the pros. And the first obvious advantage of this State system is:
1. The mechanism for providing social support to those in need.
Both In Russia and in Ukraine, we have a system of benefits, free medicine and education, social/disability pensions and paid maternity leave. Just like here. But not really.
The average resident of the UK can be sure that if he loses his job, family, money, he will always be able to get the necessary financial support and will never be left hungry and homeless.
The average Russian or Ukrainian won’t be expecting social housing or food. Because they just won’t get them. They can have some money but anyway they always need to work for supporting themselves.
Yes, most of benefits are paid by taxpayers, who usually cannot qualify for them and just pay for the opportunity for others not to work. And quite often this money goes to the needs of people who are not in need at all. But on the other hand, the most valuable is the feeling of security and confidence in your future. Today you pay taxes and provide goods for others, but at the same time you know for sure that in case of anything, you will never be left alone with a difficult life situation.
Isn’t that one of the reasons why we need a State? Do you agree with me and how is social security works in your country?