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Definition of Residual view of social welfare

Residual view of social welfare Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
based on the idea that governments should play only a limited role in the distribution of social welfare. The assumption is that the majority of the population will be able to locate their own sources of assistance, whether through the market mechanism of work, or from family and perhaps church or charity. The state should only step in when the normal sources of support fail and the individual is unable to help themselves.