• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Should the welfare state be desirable?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Is the Welfare State Desirable? (14 Marks) The welfare state refers to the technique which the UK government has set up whereby a benefits system has been put into place in order to accommodate those who are in need and financially unstable.. The main principle of this program is based on the taxation revenue where those with an adequate income are taxed a proportion of their income; this is sent to the government in order to facilitate to the needs of the country. The reason to why the welfare state would be desirable for the country can be illustrated through the following the reasons: the main reason and aim for the welfare state is so that the existence of poverty in the country will fall substantially, furthermore, another reason to why the welfare state would be desirable would be so that the inequality gap between the richest and poor of the country is reduced, thus meaning that the rich are not as rich and the poor are not as poor. ...read more.

Middle

the overall level of poverty in the country is reduced, one can clearly see this to be a very important feature as for a country from western civilization we pride ourselves on the basis that the levels of poverty are very low; through the welfare state, these levels will be further reduced. Furthermore it is also evident that the welfare state is in fact desirable through the effect that it means the overall health of the country is further improved. The health of the people in the nation can have an undeniable effect on other markets and sectors in the country, with better health, it means that businesses and companies will run much more fluently with the number of people claiming days off through sickness reducing. With better health, it means that there are more people present to be working and therefore the country's output will increase substantially. Furthermore, one can also be assured that the welfare state system of the country is a positive program and one which will benefit, this can be seen as although some may feel that the welfare state has costs ...read more.

Conclusion

In addition, although have a welfare state is desirable, there may be some loop holes in the positive effects such as through the theory that the levels of poverty may be reduced, however the reason that many of the people are in poverty is due to any addictions or problems that they may with drugs and alcohol etc. Some may feel that the money that they will receive from the welfare state will not help their situation in terms of poverty, however it will actually simply fuel their addictions drugs or alcohol, thus meaning that they would remain in poverty. Although this loop hole may also be combated through the actual funding of the money to the people, whereby the government actually decide and control how they use the money so that it will actually benefit the person. Therefore, it can clearly be seen that the welfare state is definitely desirable for the country and through the multiple positive effects out weighing the negatives, is` evident that the welfare is actually desirable for the country. ?? ?? ?? ?? Neil Gujar ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Economy & Economics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

It is good to read a committed piece like this and many of the arguments are valid. I think from the point of view of economic analysis, the writer should make it clearer what is opinion and what is fact. Also, there has not been enough development of the arguments against a welfare state

Marked by teacher David Salter 30/11/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Economy & Economics essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Explain the main features of the behaviour of firms which operate in an oligopolistic ...

    5 star(s)

    competition as a means of reinforcing their market position and increasing their supernormal profits. Short-lived price wars between rival firms can still happen under the Kinked demand curve model. During a price war, firms in the market are seeking to snatch a short term advantage and win over some extra market share.

  2. Discuss whether economic efficiency as described in text books is likely to be able ...

    In this sense, monopolists, oligopolists, monopolistic firms can achieve allocative efficiency. Monopolists, oligopolists and monopolistic firms are large firms who hold the capability of investing into research and development. Consumers benefit from this as product with improved design and features can be produced.

  1. Main characteristics of free market economy

    In addition, the increase in unemployment will cause wealth and income disparity amongst the population which is a regular drawback in the Market Economy. During China and Russia's transition from a planned economy to a market economy it was evident that a large portion (3.6%)

  2. The Role of the Informal Sector in the National Economy.

    much faster rate than the availability of jobs in the organized (formal) sector. This state of affairs, according to ILO (1996), has driven people to undertake alternative income-generating activities enabling them to survive. Therefore informal sector serves to absorb the shocks of the economic crisis and has become a sort of refuge for the "excluded".

  1. What are the important elements of International Trade

    The next topic being covered is Invisible Trade. Invisible trade is the trading of services between countries. The factors that make up invisible trade are; Travel, which is all about tourism, holidays and people bringing in money; Shipping, which is travelling between countries via sea; Civil Aviation, which is flying in an aircraft between countries transporting goods; Other Services, which is about royalty, e.g.

  2. Macroeconomic Objectives and their impact on Business Activity

    A trigger for this is often the exchange rate. If sterling depreciates it causes the price of imported goods to rise, and this in turn can lead to higher imported good prices feeding in to UK retail prices. This is especially likely due to the UK's deindustrialization, making the UK very heavily reliant on many imported goods ( in effect making the UK fairly price inelastic ).

  1. "Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly ...

    I want briefly give the factors caused this phenomenon. As we know, corruption is an old phenomenon existing in development countries. But nowadays this is getting stronger in developing countries. Living in a developing country like Albania where the corruption is obvious strong I would be able to define clearly

  2. GCSE Economics Coursework

    I will be investigating whether these changes, as well as other influences on demand, in the local Newsagents D & D newsagents. Over a year ago, the newsagents came into new management, about the same time as the interest rates started to rise.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work