Establishes the base upon which Government is determined.
We have a social welfare state that is the envy of the world (well some of it anyhow), evidence of this is the sheer number of people that want to come to the UK to take advantage of it.
The fundemental basis of our social welfare state is that it works so long as those contributing significantly outweigh those who take from it.
Recent figures show that between 1 in 6 and 1 in 4 (depending on where you are in the UK) are employed by the state, remember that these take out (for doing a job admittedly) in terms of their salary, and only recontribute a fraction of what they take out.
So there are two issues to address,
1. The number of people claiming from the state (I think the government is already focusing on this)
2. Those employed by the state
To concentrate on the latter, I've no idea what the ratio should be, but its pretty obvious that its unsustainable.
We need to find the right balance between those employed by the state and the delivery of local and central services. To start the process, we need to determine what the ratio should be, probably not as easy as it sounds, but it should be given a priority.
Once established, this needs to be used in concert with 1. to establish the amount we spend on delivery of local and central government services.