Replacing Public Welfare? UK Divisions of Welfare in the 21st Century

9th December 2015

University of Birmingham, Park House, 10:30am – 4:00pm

December 2015 will see the 60th anniversary of Richard Titmuss’ Eleanor Rathbone Memorial Lecture on ‘The Social Division of Welfare: Some Reflections on the Search for Equity’ delivered at the University of Birmingham. To mark the occasion the University’s School of Social Policy and the Social Policy Association are holding a conference to consider recent changes in UK welfare arrangements in the light of Titmuss’ taxonomy (extended to include voluntary and informal welfare).

It will offer an opportunity to assess the extent to which the state’s responsibilities for welfare funding and provision have been transferred to other agencies, heralding a new welfare order. Discussion will focus on changes in the different divisions of welfare since 2000 with experts in each field mapping the key developments and issues and a plenary drawing together the implications for citizenship, equality and social justice.

Speakers include: Pete Alcock (University of Birmingham), Edward Brunsdon (University of Birmingham), Tania Burchardt (London School of Economics), Nick Ellison (University of York), John Hills (London School of Economics), Rob Macmillan (University of Birmingham), Margaret May (University of Birmingham), Jane Millar (University of Bath) and Adrian Sinfield (University of Edinburgh).

Registration: There is a fee of £15 to cover lunch, refreshments and administrative costs; and places are limited, so please register soon. Registration and payment is via the University online shop – to register and book visit: