Everyone's got an opinion about the welfare state, whether we're bemoaning 'scroungers' or pointing out how it's failed the vulnerable, but there's no consensus on how it can be fixed.

In this bold piece of living history, current benefits claimants volunteer to live for a week by the rules of 1949 to explore how our safety net should work.

The first episode looks at how the state should support disabled, long-term sick and elderly people. The second episode follows three claimants as they give up their 2013 entitlement to council housing and agree to be reassessed and rehoused according to 1949 rules. And the third episode looks at how the 1949 system dealt with the Unemployed.