Objectives of the New Poor Law

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  • Objectives of the New Poor Law
    • Less eligibility
      • The principle that conditions in the workhouse were worse than that of the lowest class of society outside the workhouse
      • Everything in WH underpinned by this
      • Create fear of workhouses
        • Conditions bad- due to less elibiligty
        • Successfully created- fuelled by rumours of death
          • The Book of Murder- fuelled rumours that paupers were being murdered deliberately
        • Montonous work and strict scheudule
        • Loss of personal privacy- paupers watched and regulated
      • However- broken because pauper children educated and many children outside the WH weren't
      • Effectively insutionalised dirt
      • Fear created by less eligibility
    • Reducing costs
      • Poor law had been getting expensive- in the years 1814-18, £6,437,000 was spent on poor relief
      • Successful- cost of poor relief 1829-33 was 6, 758, 000, and after NPL, the cost was 4, 946,000
      • However, many Boards of Guardians found that outdoor relief was cheaper than indoor relief
    • Eventually stopping outdoor relief
      • Failed in this
      • Belived that outdoor relief caused the paupers to have a discentive to work
      • General Prohibitory Outdoor Relief 1844- ordered outdoor relief to stop, but was mostly ignored
      • Outdoor relief still generally prevailed
      • Failed to stop because i8t wasn't practical for workhouses to be only form of relief in some areas
    • Stopping moral degeneration
      • Paupers accused of having "right to relief"- believing that they could just live "on the parish"
      • Includes things like having babies out fo wedlock- mothers and children sent to WH for this
      • successful- sort of. Outdoor relief prevailed.
      • Blamed all paupers for what 20% of paupers were doing
    • Create fear of workhouses
      • Conditions bad- due to less elibiligty
      • Successfully created- fuelled by rumours of death
        • The Book of Murder- fuelled rumours that paupers were being murdered deliberately
      • Montonous work and strict scheudule
      • Loss of personal privacy- paupers watched and regulated

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