St Paul's Institute

Welfare: Whose Responsibility Is It?

by St Pauls Institute

Posted: 17 Jul 2012

29th June 2012

In an age of increasing austerity, the concept of 'welfare' takes on renewed importance when discussing social wellbeing and the notion of the common good.  What is welfare, and who should provide it?  Who does it exist for, and how should they access it?

The extent to which the product of economic growth is put towards uplifting the most economically vulnerable is a question that lies at the very core of how we structure society. 

St Paul's Institute, in conjunction with the Jack & Ada Beattie Foundation recently hosted a seminar at St Paul's Cathedral that explored these questions and the definition of welfare in a modern context.

This report can be downloaded here.

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St Paul's Institute seeks to foster an informed Christian response to the most urgent ethical and spiritual issues of our times: equality, stewardship, and the meaning of the common good.

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