How important were concerns over National Efficiency in influencing the Liberal party’s social reform 1906-14?

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How important were concerns over National Efficiency in influencing the Liberal party's social
reform 1906-14?
Important
1) What caused these concerns:
a) Boer war- 1/3 soldiers
b) Rowntree York 1899 and Booth London 1899-1903 reports
i) Showed 30% poor
ii) 10% very poor
iii) 20% income only just had bare minimum standard of living.
2) Dealing with health
a) Children's charter 1906-08
i) Free school meals: 14 million by 1914
ii) Health inspections: ¾ providing medical inspection and 2/3 providing free medical
treatment.
iii) No smoking or drinking
b) Old Age Pensions Act 1908
i) Allowed poor OAPS to have a better quality of life: 5 shillings a week for a single person
and 7s 6d for a married couple.
ii) 1 million helped by 1915
c) Workers
i) Workmen's compensation act 1906:
(1) Compensated work-based accidents and disease.
ii) National insurance for sickness
(1) allowed workers who were ill to receive a weekly sickness benefit of 10 shillings for
13 weeks and then 5 shillings for 13 more weeks.
(2) Covered 13 million workers.
(3) Maternity grant for women
(4) Disability benefit
(5) Free medical treatment with an approved doctor.
(6) Free treatment for those with TB.
iii) Coal Mines Act 1911
(1) Improved safety regulations.
Other issues
1.Wanted to refrain from seeming too radical, and keep popularity.
Lloyd George wanted to prevent Socialism.
a) Children's charter 1906-08
i) Meals voluntary
ii) No treatment of the medical conditions, just diagnosis.
iii) Codifying of existing laws.
b) Old Age Pensions Act 1908
i) Only 70 and over were allowed a pension

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Qulifications: morale and money
c) Workers
i) Workmen's compensation act 1906:
(1) Only covered workers on less than £250 p.a.
ii) National insurance for sickness
(1) Only covered workers earning £160 p.a.
(2) Only aged 16-60
(3) Only covered contributor not their family.
(4) Hospital treatment not free
(5) Only 13 million of the 45 million population were included
iii) Trade boards 1909 left out many workers and no min wage until 1999.…read more

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