Definition of welfare state in English:

welfare state

noun

  • 1A system whereby the state undertakes to protect the health and well-being of its citizens, especially those in financial or social need, by means of grants, pensions, and other benefits. The foundations for the modern welfare state in the UK were laid by the Beveridge Report of 1942; proposals such as the establishment of a National Health Service and the National Insurance Scheme were implemented by the Labour administration in 1948.

    • ‘No country in the area has a welfare state or a properly organised emergency service - there are almost no public ambulances.’
    • ‘National Insurance Contributions are used to fund parts of the welfare state, including pensions and the NHS.’
    • ‘The Swedes have a lavish welfare state married to a healthy economy and the best social mobility in the world.’
    • ‘The Social Democratic movement that shaped the modern European welfare state also originated in Germany.’
    • ‘For one thing, I remain unconvinced that it was the welfare state that was central to Fordism.’
    • ‘Council housing was incorporated as a pillar of the welfare state by the 1945 Labour government.’
    • ‘In opinion polls, a substantial and stable majority defend the welfare state.’
    • ‘Other European countries that have prospered over the medium term have included high-tax countries with extensive welfare states, such as Denmark and the Netherlands.’
    • ‘Concessions made to the working class included a considerable welfare state and decent public services.’
    • ‘Pension provision has become a major political issue in virtually every country with vestiges of a social welfare state.’
    • ‘The welfare state has meant security and an opportunity for development for many of your people.’
    • ‘After the unique, extremely rapid growth of welfare expenditure the welfare state reached its financial limits.’
    • ‘The German government feared Americanization of the health sector and financial instability for the welfare state in general.’
    • ‘Of course, young people get some benefits themselves from the welfare state.’
    • ‘In a country with no welfare state, religious institutions are still the principal means of supporting impoverished children.’
    1. 1.1 A country that has a welfare state system.
      • ‘But it's common sense that welfare states then need someone else to support so many pensioners.’
      • ‘Central European countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary have become ‘premature welfare states.’’
      • ‘Simply stated, market-oriented East European countries are going to impose enormous competitive pressure on high-tax welfare states…’

Pronunciation

welfare state