Helping the elderly, unemployed, sick

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    • In 1908 Lloyd George becomes Chancellor of the Exchequer.
      • Introduces the People's Budget in 1909 to raise taxes to pay  for the new measures of the Liberal government.
    • The Old Age Pensions Act in 1908 introduced pensions for people on a low income aged over 70. These pensions were paid by the government and did not at first involve people contributing. By 1914 there was nearly one million pensioners.
      • This was a controversial measure because others thought the government was taking it too far.
    • The Labour Exchange Act of 1909: The unemployed could register and employers could find workers. This was much more efficient than the old system.
      • By 1914 there were more than 400 labour exchanges around the country and over one million workers registered.
    • The National Insurance Act of 1911: Unemployment benefit provided for workers of certain professions receiving a 'national insurance stamp' which meant that he became umeployed he could claim benefit.
      • Sick pay was also provided and compulsory illness insurance was introduced.
      • Families also received 30 shilling on the birth of a child.
  • Introduces the People's Budget in 1909 to raise taxes to pay  for the new measures of the Liberal government.

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