social welfare

social services provided by a government for its citizens.

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social welfare
1.  the various social services provided by a state for the benefit of its citizens
2.  (capitals) (in New Zealand) a government department concerned with pensions and benefits for the elderly, the sick, etc

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Example sentences
However, not all programs are focused on social welfare.
For one, its social welfare perspective would be quite different.
There may be a good social welfare case for that practice.
As such, unlike social welfare programs, it is the opposite of welfare.
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