Poverty and living conditions in the 1890s

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  • Poverty and living conditions in the 1890s
    • Poverty was blamed on the individual
      • Many politicians believed that each individual was responsible for his/her own welfare
      • The only way to get help if you were poor was to enter the workhouse
        • Workhouse conditions were deliberately   harsh in order to discourage people from seeking help
      • Charities existed to help the poor, but people relied on family for assistance
    • Living conditions
      • Living conditions were terrible
      • Wages increased at the end of the 19th century
        • Many people lived in desperate poverty
      • Poor faced problem
        • Poor housing
        • Low wages
        • unemployment
        • illness (if a worker fell ill he/she could not earn money)
        • irregular work
        • little help for the elderly, sick or unemployed
  • As Britain developed into a industrial nation people moved from countryside to cities
    • Living conditions
      • Living conditions were terrible
      • Wages increased at the end of the 19th century
        • Many people lived in desperate poverty
      • Poor faced problem
        • Poor housing
        • Low wages
        • unemployment
        • illness (if a worker fell ill he/she could not earn money)
        • irregular work
        • little help for the elderly, sick or unemployed
    • Work in new factories

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