The myth of the old poor law and the making of the new.

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  • "The Myth of the Old Poor Law and the making of the new"- Chapters 4-8
    • Old poor law= 1815= the poor were helped if they could not work. It stated that each parish had to look after their own people.
      • Parish= the smallest unit of local government in rural areas
      • New poor law= Introduced alongside the “Poor law amendment act” of 1834, designed to reduce the cost of looking after the poor, involving the introduction of workhouses
    • Chapter 4
      • The amount of poor relief per head was higher in the Speenhamland counties than non.
      • Trends of poor relief was also similar between agricultural and non.
      • In 1812army familes were paid similar to agricultural
    • Chapter 5
      • The counties that people moved from did not need support due to higher wages
    • Chapter 8
      • Rising birth rates due to old poor law
      • Falling infant mortality= due to less help required from government = less reliance on the poor relief


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