Poor Law 1602

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Explore the changing approaches and attitudes to welfare since the poor law (1601) 1. The 1834 Poor Law amendment act created a ‘universal system of relief’. What was this system and in what ways did it differ from the systems established after 1601? The poor Law Amendment Act was passed by the government in 1834. It was put in place to cut the cost of looking after the poor; people were only given money in extreme circumstances, Young describes that “outdoor relief would only be available for those who were sick or disabled”. (Young P, 2000, page 84). The concept of the underserving poor was the outlook on the poor by the government and the working population that they were underserving of any support or help financially from the government…show more content…
The conditions in the workhouses were poor. This law differed from the systems established after 1601 as the responsibility was moved from each local community to a large parish. The main difference was that the relief of the poor was changed from a local responsibility into a group one. Groups of parishes were consolidated into Poor Law Unions so removing the local community responsibility www.mdlp.co.uk. The law brought positive changes to the country encouraging more people to seek employment, “working people developed their own self-help movement”. Walsh M, et al, 2000. But also created some negative changes, working conditions were extremely harsh and families were split up. The amendment act was disliked by the poor population of the country because of the leissez-faire system the government had in place, the government’s approach on leissez-faire was to intervene as little as possible with the direction of economic affairs. This had an impact on the poor, it caused stigma and the poor had a mark of disgrace on their reputation. The difference between the 1601 Act and the 1834 Act was that the 1601 Act had a compulsory poor rate for all who were unemployed Moore states “very first act
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