Monday, October 31, 2016

Liberal Government (1906-1914) and British Poverty

forwards 1906, the British politicians still stood for the principles of Laissez faire- Individuals were all responsible for their own lives and welfare. The organization did non accept responsibility for the s outhousetiness and hardship that existed among its citizens - and had non planned any neighborly reforms ready to implement when in provide. However, once the Liberals were in power it was clear reforms were needed on a large start out of brotherly issues. One primary(prenominal) concern was national skill. During the Boer War the large levels of ill-health among the confinement recruits become clear to the brass, with close whiz third of the soldiers recruitment being rejected on medical grounds. Now thither were worries that Britains population was not as fit or educated as her main competitors in the world. This was linked to some other major issue approach by the Liberals; the extent of poverty in Edwardian Britain. Investigations by both Charles Booth and Seebohm Rowntree revealed that one third of the citys population was quick in poverty rather than the leash percent that was previously believed to cheer the city. While Booth and Rowntree concur that some poverty was a result of the laziness and idling of many individuals, much of it was caused by unemployment, sickness and old age. In an attempt to reduce the mettlesome percentage of people living in poverty in Britain Acts were passed to try and limit the tally of children being caught up by the poverty cycle. The Liberals also recognized that workers needed help from the government when faced with unemployment or illness. Finally, the Liberals as a government in power were the first to concede that elderly individuals suffered from poverty, and possibly the hardest, and and then took steps in providing pecuniary support to the worst off. On the other hand, how effective the social reforms implemented by the Liberals can be questioned, although they covered a wide range of problems none ful...

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