Welfare in Saskatchewan: A Critical Evaluation

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The provision of welfare and related services is one of the most sensitive activities government undertakes. Welfare recipients often face difficult situations involving serious problems-job loss, disability, marital breakdown-and they need assistance to tide them over for a short period of time until they are self-sufficient again. In many instances, individuals and families return to independence after a short duration on welfare. To extend assistance beyond this point may seem easier and more compassionate in the short-term, but it is detrimental in the long run. Those providing welfare and related services must ensure that those in need of assistance get it in a timely and supportive manner while ensuring that the system does not become a permanent source of support.

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