Yep, we're all about barter around here; that, and tossing free stuff to each other..
Having read some of your posts, I know you're a bright guy who doesn't need the obvious pointed out, but I'll do it anyway.
The social services-thing is a safety net. It keeps us from racking up the numbers of homeless on our streets, and gives people a chance to get back on their feet. It's a right, but it comes with a set of obligations as well - a recipient has to be willing to move to another part of the country to get work, or to enroll in courses etc to qualify for whatever work is available. It's not meant as salary for sitting on your ass doing nothing.
Now, about free health care. It's deemed far more economical to keep people well and in employment than to try to make money from the sick and injured. And since our taxes are on the high side, health care is, in a sense, not so much free as pre-paid.
Anyway, I'll leave you guys to it. Just felt like offering a glimpse of how things work across the pond.