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What is a good welfare system?

Most countries have some kind of social security system: benefits, welfare, pensions etc.

But what makes a good system?

In partnership with the Centre for Welfare Reform, Citizen Network has launched a global survey to explore what you think are the principles that should underpin a good welfare system.

We want to find out what people think about some of the critical moral principles that underpin the design of social security systems, for example:

  • What is our attitude to poverty?
  • How important is work?
  • How should we organise benefit entitlements?


Data will be collected until the end of August. A report describing the result of the survey will be published in Autumn 2019. This is work is being carried out for free (pro bono) as part of the Citizen Network's mission to create a world where everyone matters. The report will be published by the Centre for Welfare Reform and made available for free download.