This would of course be a longer term reform which could not be implemented overnight, but the idea of devolving the responsibility for welfare provision down to as local a level as possible is one I find appealing, since it would ensure a much greater level of efficiency and accountability with competitive pressures from other counties ensuring a tight fiscal leash is maintained. This would obviously require directly accountable local governments with a minimal of interference from national government.
Swiss welfare runs like clockwork » The Spectator
So what happens if you are, say, a young mother in Switzerland with a little baby but no husband or similar on the scene and nowhere to live? There is no countrywide answer to this question because it is not dealt with on a national basis. It is not even dealt with by one of the 26 cantons. It is dealt with by your local commune. There are 2,900 of these and their population can be anything from 30 to 10,000 or more.