“From the Cradle to the Grave”. The Arrival of the Welfare State, 1945 -51. Definition. The Welfare state is a system of state help and benefits. It was started in 1945 by the Labour government and aimed to do away with the causes of poverty.
The Arrival of the Welfare State, 1945 -51
Beveridge identified 5 Giants in Society that had to be tackled.
The System was to be:
“The purpose of victory is to live in a better world than the old world; each individual citizen is more likely to concentrate upon his war effort if he feels his government will be ready in time with plans for that better world”
Extract from the Beveridge Report
A comprehensive system set up
Labour led by Clement Atlee won a landslide victory in the 1945 elections.