Argumentative Essay: The Poor Law 1834

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Historical and current issue The Poor Law 1834 Before 1834 it fell upon the upper class in each town to take care of the poor, through their own local taxes. Until 1834 when the poor law was introduced. It was believed to reduce the cost of looking after the poor, take all beggars off the streets and to encourage poor people to work and support themselves. This law ensured that the poor were housed, clothed and fed. Many poor families were housed in workhouses, the conditions inside were deliberately harsh and families were often split up and housed in different parts of the workhouse. They all had to wear uniforms and the food and diet was terrible. All poor houses were Government run facilities, because of this the workers and families had to abide by their rules and regulations. The Beverage Report 1942 In December 1942 the government asked Sir William Beverage to write a report to help people on low incomes. Later he published a report that proposed that people of a working age should be made to pay a weekly contribution, in return for this, a benefit would be paid to people who were sick, unemployed, retired, or widowed. This was our first post-world war welfare state policy. The Beverage Report led to the establishment of a system of social security and the national health…show more content…
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