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April 25, 2018 / C H Thompson

State welfare provision

  • State provision – the Welfare State grew out of the 1942 Beveridge Report which set out the need for a state system of social insurance (known as national insurance) to eliminate the ‘5 giants’ of
  • want (poverty)
  • idleness (unemployment)
  • squalor (poor housing)
  • disease (poor health)
  • ignorance (ignorance)
  • This state system of free welfare services paid for by taxation included the National Health Service (NHS); compulsory state education; social security benefits now known as welfare; social services
  • The assumptions and principles made when designing the original model for UK state welfare provision were:
  1. women would remain housewives and mothers (in other words they would not be going out to work)
  2. there would be full-employment
  3. the principle of universal welfare for all
  4. the principle of free health-care and education for all
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