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Definition: Workfare

Quick Summary of Workfare

A system making income support for the unemployed conditional on their performing some form of work for which they are suitable.

What is the dictionary definition of Workfare?

Dictionary Definition

A system making income support available for the unemployed on the condition that they undertake a form of work for which they are suitable.

U.S. A form of welfare in which people are required to work as a condition of receiving aid.

Full Definition of Workfare

In the US, Workfare is a provision for providing money to otherwise unemployed or underemployed people, who are applying for social benefits. The term was first introduced in 1968 by civil rights leader James Charles Evers; however, it was first popularised in August 1969 in a televised speech by Richard Nixon.

Synonyms For Workfare

forced labour, compulsory labor, incentive program

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Workfare are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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