Austerity has failed. And Covid-19 now presents us with the biggest challenge in 70 years. We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the last crisis. We need a different approach – one that recognises the importance of a strong social contract and a state capable of upholding it.

This issue tackles some of the questions underlying the welfare debate: what would a stronger social contract look like? Is a more universalist approach desirable? And how do we build the political support to get there?