What were the Liberal Reforms?

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I think they were in later periods..?

Posted Sat 21st May, 2011 @ 12:36 by Nerkena

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In history, the Liberal Reforms were a series of welfare reforms aiming to help children, old people and sick or unemployed people who were living on a low income / in poverty. They were made by the Liberal Government, between 1906 and 1914 under PM Henry Campbell - Bannerman (Herbert Asquith from 1908) and Chancellor of the Exchequer David Lloyd George.

To go into a bit more detail, basically at this time there was next to no welfare in the UK except for that provided by charity. The victorian attitude to people living in poverty was effectively that it was their own fault and that they should help themselves out of their situation: at the beginning of the 20th century studies were beginning to be made on poverty which proved the opposite (such as one conducted by Seebohm Rowntree in 1901)

This situation and other reasons, like the rise of the Labour Party, provoked the Liberal Government into introducing these Some of the most important reforms were: the introduction of free school meals in 1906 (although these were provided by local councils on a voluntary basis), the introduction of the state pension in 1908 and national insurance in 1911.

Try these: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/britain/liberalreformsrev4.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_welfare_reforms Hope they help :)

Answered Sat 21st May, 2011 @ 15:14 by Vixxx92
Edited by Vixxx92 on Sat 21st May, 2011 @ 15:17