social welfare


Definition of social welfare

: organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups specifically : social work

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What’s more, Macron has been cutting spending to popular, longstanding social welfare programs and scaling back labor protections. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Embattled French President Macron announces concessions to quell weeks of violent protests," 11 Dec. 2018 At the other end of the political spectrum, Mr. Haddad wants to revive Workers’ Party economic policies that spent generously on social welfare to lift tens of millions out of poverty and create Brazil’s most recent period of prosperity. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil Votes in Divisive Presidential Race," 7 Oct. 2018 But remaining on the agenda are major increases in social welfare spending and tax cuts, in defiance of the eurozone’s financial rules. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "A newly populist Italy tests Europe's bonds," 11 June 2018 Johnson, whose Great Society social welfare programs reshaped the federal government, and its role in everyday life, began his legislative agenda with a larger focus on housing. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018 On Sunday, Win Myat Aye, Myanmar’s minister for social welfare, said as many as 300 Rohingya would return daily from Bangladesh starting about Nov. 15, until 2,251 refugees had returned in total. Jon Emont, WSJ, "U.S. Fears ‘Premature’ Return of Rohingya to Myanmar on Eve of Resettlement," 12 Nov. 2018 Wages are hardly rising, and these social welfare programs could be the only reason millions of low-wage workers have food on the table. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Social Security, food stamps, and other programs kept 44 million people out of poverty last year," 12 Sep. 2018 When the police used violence to crush a peaceful protest against cuts to social welfare on April 18, all that discontent just exploded. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping the Dream of Democracy Alive," 12 July 2018 One, any kind of social welfare payment should be time-bound. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson focuses on demand-side of opioid crisis," 3 July 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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social welfare

social wel·​fare | \ -ˈwel-ˌfa(ə)r, -ˌfe(ə)r \

Medical Definition of social welfare

: organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups specifically : social work

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