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Archbishop hits out at 'culture of dependency'.

THE Archbishop of Canterbury warned yesterday that the state should not act as the sole solver of problems and 'provider of everything'.

Dr Rowan Williams returned to Wales, where he had been archbishop until moving to head the Anglican church, to deliver an address on the value of community and taking mutual responsibility for one another.

Speaking at the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay, he warned there was a problem with welfarism and dependency.

"There is a problem about assuming somebody else resolves the problems and there is certainly a problem about centralised state provision as the solution to everything."

He added: 'It's a challenge to find the right balance between statutory provision and local initiatives'.

A mutual taking of responsibility pushed back at a 'passive welfarism and a passive statism, an assumption that the state is a provider of solutions, a solver of problems, he said.

"We may bridle as I sometimes instinctively do at the way welfarism is used in a derogatory sense these days, because the achievements of public welfare in this country have been enormous.

"And yet there is some substance to that suspicious use of welfarism.

"There is a problem about dependency. There is a problem about assuming somebody else resolves the problems and there is certainly a problem about centralised state provision as the solution to everything.

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Date:Mar 27, 2012
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