However, I comfortably predict that there will one area that will figure on no-one's list. My local council spends £45m a year on it; If one assumes that very roughly another 300 local authorities do the same, the annual bill comes to £13.5bn. It dwarves the cost of refuse collection, street sweeping, road repairs and lighting and parks maintenance together. It is, of course, the bill for children's social care - national conscience-money that allows us to feel complacent when a Baby P tragedy happens. It pays for children to be kept in care or fostered and for all the monitoring and social work that goes with the 'at risk' registers. And of course no local politician would dare cut this budget, no government would dare to force cuts through.
On top of this, my local council spends over £16m a year on 'Adults with Learning Disabilities'. I had thought this referred to Mongols, but a figure of 1 in 1,000 live births would give us fewer than 250 Mongols in the borough - does their care really cost us £64,000 a year each? Perhaps it does. Again, across the country this would come to something like £4.8bn annually
Adult social services for the elderly and those in hospital costs a further £25m a year with a further £5m for supported housing and care. That's another £9bn a year.
And these costs are the elephant in the public spending room. They are the costs of an atomised society, one in which the role of family, neighbourhood, community and intermediate institutions has been degraded and destroyed by the Leviathan State. Even a 10% cut across these areas would yield nearly £3bn annually, but it just won't happen, unless real power and real budgets are devolved down to their lowest level.
And a good chunk of this is also down to the 'Mail' and the very Redtops who now scream so shrilly for cuts; it was they that invented and encouraged the Paedo menace, aided and abetted by deeply stupid harridans such as Harman and her ilk who were happy to condemn all men as potential child abusers and require childrens' authors to be police vetted before speaking to their readers.
We reap as we sow, and unless we start to reverse these damaging social changes, we'll be stuck with an ever-growing bill and an ever more fragmented nation.