A Programme for Special Needs: Effective Social Assistance for the Helpless

  • David Marsland


Eamonn Butler (1994, p. 19) provides a telling transition between the considerations of Chapter 8 and the issues to which I turn now. ‘What’, he asks, ‘of those people’:

whose needs are correctly categorized as welfare needs, including people who will never be able to provide for themselves? In simple terms, welfare provides benefits based on needs, regardless of contributions; while insurance provides benefits based on contributions, regardless of need. But our welfare state tries to combine the two.


Minimum Wage State Welfare Welfare System Welfare Reform Voluntary Agency 
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© David Marsland 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Marsland
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  1. 1.Centre for Evaluation ResearchBrunel University CollegeLondonUK

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