What reason started welfare?
It started to keep the poor poor and the rich rich
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a England and Wales based charity that fights cruelty to animals and promotes animal welfare. It is one of the largest charities in the UK and is the oldest and largest animal welfare organisation in the world. It was officially started in 1824.
Welfare programs for the poor has been around since the 1800's. 1939 unemployment and AFDC programs were adopted to aide those out of work and their children. President Roosevelt began welfare help and establishing Social Security during the depression. In 1996 President Clinton signed a Reconcilition Act to encourage people to get off welfare and to get jobs.
Jehovah's Witnesses are well known for being 100% diligent in paying their taxes. Romans. 13:7. Mark 12:17. From which in many countries government welfare comes from. So if they qualify for welfare for some reason. ( such as retirement etc. ) Then they have no qualms about accepting welfare payments. Hope this answers your question logically and scripturally?