Can we save the welfare state?

In partnership with Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund

Alternative visions from around the world.

The future of the welfare state hangs in the balance and is stretched to breaking point around the world. Can it be saved for coming generations? If not, what will take its place?

This session will explore the way forward for the welfare state, drawing from the UK, Singapore and Finland. The acclaimed social entrepreneur Hilary Cottam makes the case for a British welfare state which could truly be capable of caring for us from cradle to grave in the years to come. From Finland, Jenna Lahdemaki will reflect on the prospects for a ‘Nordic model 2.0’, while Cheryl Chung from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy will share her thoughts on the Singaporean societal model versus the European counterparts.

What can citizens realistically expect from the state at a time of unprecedented pressure on public funds? Is it possible to renew the ideals underpinning the original blueprints for the welfare state?

Date and time

06/07/2018 -
12:30 to 13:30