Liberal Reforms

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  • LIBERAL REFORMS
    • Reforms for children
      • Children charter act
        • This meant children were not exposed from things that could do them harm.
        • 1908
      • Free school meals
        • This meant children were able to have at least one proper meal a day
        • 1906
      • Regular Medical checks
        • This enforced children to have basic media attention however if Illness was discovered they could do very little about it.
        • 1907
      • School clinics
        • Allowed treatment to take place in schools
        • 1912
    • Reforms for the Elderly
      • Old age pensions
        • Gave elderly a weekly allowance to ensure financial stability
        • Many people could be refused if they had never worked or earned over a certain amount of money a year
        • Had to be 70 or over....few people lived over this age
    • WHY?
      • The liberal's worried about the Labour party's increased popularity
      • Many men who enlisted to support in the Boer war were refused due to being to unfit.
      • Rowntree and other social reformers at the were investigating the causes and effect of poverty in society to emphasise how much of a problem it had become
      • Germany had become a major industrial competitor and had already enforced reforms, Britian wanted to carry on enforcing their economic superiority
      • Lloyd George wanted to support lover social classes
    • Insurance
      • Health insurance gave workers free medical care and sick pay
      • National Insurance - gave 10% of the population cover if they lost their job
      • Unemployment insurance gave people who had registered at the labour exchange benefit money until they could find another job.
        • THE LABOUR EXCHANGE
          • Unemployed workers would register with the Labour exchange
          • Local employers would notify the Exchange if there were any vacancies so they could inform the unemployed.

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