Meaning of “welfare” - Learner’s Dictionary

welfare

noun [ U ] uk us /ˈwelfeər/
COMFORT

B2 Someone's welfare is their health and happiness:

He is concerned about the welfare of young men in prison.
MONEY US (UK social security)

money paid by a government to people who are poor, sick, or who do not have jobs:

to be on welfare (= getting welfare)

(Definition of “welfare” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)