The Conservative Government 1924-1929. Stanley Baldwin

This mind map mainly explains the reforms that occured within the Conservative Government of 1924-9. I have not discussed the General Strike at all on this mind map. That will be explained in much detail on a seperate mind map.

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  • The Conservative Government 1924-1929. Stanley Baldwin
    • Conservatives gained a comfortable majority of 200 seats
      • There was talk of 'New Conservatism'- to combine efficiency and moral purpose
    • Foreign affairs
      • Relations with the USSR deteriorated . Labour's commercial treaty was abandoned.
      • In  1925 with Streseman managed to negotiate the Locarno  treaty
    • Unemployment
      • THE GENERAL STRIKE OF 1926 ( more detail on another mind map
    • Reforms
      • Important additions to welfare legislation
        • 1925: Contributory old age pensions began
          • Higher NI contributions  and then all workers and their wives would get 10 ( 50p) a week at the age of  65
          • Intro of widows' pensions too
        • Benefits: Some were lowered, but it was made so that benefits didn't last just 16 weeks but indefinitely for those who were 'genuinely seeking work'
        • The Local Government Act of 1929
          • Gave local government more duties
            • Maternity and child welfare
            • Public health
            • Roads
            • In order to pay for all these a new policy was introduced so that no rates would be paid on agricultural lands + industry and railways were relived of 3/4 of their rates
              • It was hoped that derating would make employers more competitive
                • Hopefully would take on more workers
              • The  Exchequer provided £24 million for good local authorities + an extra £16 million for any extra duties they took on
          • Local governments became much more active - independence, however, declined
      • 1926: CEB - Central Electricity Board.  An effective power grid for the country created. Efficiency of electricity was greatly increased
        • Encouraged the building of  modern, privately owned power stations
        • 1926: BBC was taken into public ownership
      • 1928: Voting franchise extended to all women aged over 21. Electorate increased by 7 million
    • Economics
      • 1925:Return to the Gold Standard
  • Neville Chamberlain was the Minister of Health - provided the constructive element. Churchill was the Chancellor of the Exchequer


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