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Report No. 138

7.11. I.L.O. Report.-

In 1984, the International Labour Office Report by ten experts was published.1 That report set out the ultimate aims of social security as under:-

"Its fundamental purpose is to give individuals and families the confidence that their level of living and quality of life will not, insofar as is possible, be greatly eroded by any social or economic eventuality. This involves not just meeting needs as they arise, but also preventing risks from arising in the first place, and helping individuals and families to make the best possible adjustment when faced with disabilities and disadvantages which have not been or could not be prevented. It is the guarantee of security that matters most of all, rather than the particular mechanisms such as contributory or tax financing the insurance or service model of delivery, or the ownership of facilities (public/private, profit/non-profit) by which that guarantee is given. The means should not be confused with the ends."

1. International Labour Office into the Twenty-first Century, The Development of Social Security (1984).

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