Reporter 451, 8 May 2000

Welfare is weighed up

Fiona Williams, Professor of Social Policy and director of the ESRC Research Group for the Study of Care, Values and the Future of Welfare (CAVA), gives her inaugural lecture on Thursday (May 11) with an analysis of changes in welfare informed by the voices and experiences of the grass-roots.

She will look at how these have been articulated by welfare activists seeking ‘personhood, respect, autonomy and dignity’ to be at the heart of welfare. With reference to her own experiences as an academic and an activist, she suggests that these claims present an important part of the moral and political case for a new welfare society.

The lecture - entitled Travels With Nanny, Destination Good Enough - elaborates four of the ‘good-enough’ principles to inform the future of welfare: autonomy, mutualism, inclusive diversity and voice. It will be delivered in the Clothworkers’ Hall at 5.30pm.

The CAVA research group, awarded a £1m grant over five years by the Economic & Social Research Council, hosts a launch event on Friday afternoon, with speakers including Professor Janet Finch.

Professor Williams will also be hosting a day seminar at the University next Monday for the Cabinet Office Women’s Unit on the theme of Women in the New Economy. Baroness Jay, Leader of the House of Lords, will be a keynote speaker.

More details of the lecture are on the following page: williams.htm

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