Liberal Reforms Essay

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Introduction At the turn of the 20th century the Laissez faire policy had been discredited and the same old problem of poverty still remained. The government had turn to a more ‘collectivist’ approach to try and combat the social problems facing Britain. Between 1906 and 1914, the liberal government introduced a series of reforms that tried to help the young, the sick, the old and the unemployed in society. The young is society were often the worse effected by poverty as they were too young to work and they lived in cramped, overcrowded housing estates. The old were also often badly affected by poverty as they were too old to work and had no source of income. The sick in society also were badly affected by poverty and could generally not afford health care. Lastly, the unemployed were also badly affected by poverty as they had no means of income and found it difficult to reclaim a job once they had become unemployed. I will be arguing that the Liberal government were only partly successful in dealing with the problem of poverty in Britain between 1906 and 1914. Young • To tackle the problem of poverty for the young the Education (Provision of Meals) Act, 1906 free school meals were to be provided by local authorities for all. this publically funded welfare service replaced charity involvement and school meals rose from 9 million to 14 million in 1914 • However, by 1914, many local authorities were still not providing school meals and researchers found the growth of children slowed and body weight often declined during school holidays • The Education (Administrative Provisions) Act, 1907 meant medical inspections were introduced for school children. • However, medical inspections did little to solve any problems they uncovered and it was not until free medical treatment became available in 1912 that the situation could get better. • Therefore, it can be argued

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