The Social Reform and Why it was needed

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  • The Social Reform, Why?
    • Poor People faced serious hardship in the 1890's
      • Workhouses were the only help offered
        • Provided basic food and lodgings
        • Hard labour and long work hours
        • Work houses were seen as shameful
      • Old people suffered due to no state pensions or health care
      • Illness were easily spread
        • Cold, damp logdings
        • No health care
        • Illness or injury meant time off work and less money
    • Charles Booth
      • 1/3 of people were poor according to his study
      • Sometimes it was impossible to find work
      • Wages weren't enough for people to live off.
    • 28% of people in York were too poor to afford basic human needs such as food.


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