Welfare refers to a broad discourse which may hold certain implications regarding the provision of a minimal level of wellbeing and social support for all citizens. In most developed countries, welfare is largely provided by the government, in addition to charities, informal social groups, religious groups, and inter-governmental organizations. In the end, this term replaces "charity" as it was known for thousands of years, being the voluntary act of providing for those who temporarily or permanently could not provide for themselves.
Social Welfare Bill passes second stage in the Seanad
There have been more calls in the Seanad for Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to remove the provision in the Social Welfare Bill on reducing the age threshold for receipt of Lone Parent allowance.
The Bill gives effect to changes in the one-parent family allowance.