Liberal Reforms

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The reforms
Groups the Liberals were Actions taken This was a good measure This was not a good
trying to help because... measure because...
Children Free school meals 1906 By 1914, over 150,000 children School meals were the
received one good meal a day from responsibility of local councils. They
local councils. did not have to provide them.
School medical inspections 1907 Children got free, compulsory Medical treatment for children did
medical checks. not become free until 1912.
Children's charter 1908 Children became protected Measures protecting children were
persons; parents who neglected or difficult to enforce. Borstals were
abused their children in any way not always better places for
could be prosecuted. children than prisons.
Children convicted of crimes were
sent to special prisons called
The Old Old Age Pensions Act 1908 All people aged over 70 received 5s The pension was not a generous
a week or 7s 6d for a couple. It was measure and could be refused to
made for by the government. those who had failed to work to
the best of their abilities in their
working life.
Working people Labour exchanges 1909 Unemployed workers could go to Many of the jobs in the exchanges
government labour exchanges to were short-term and casual. The
find out what jobs were available in Government did nothing to make
their area. By 1913, exchanges the jobs more secure.
were finding 3,000 jobs a day for
National Insurance Act Part 1 , If a worker became ill, the worker The poorest workers resented
1911 could get 10s a week sick pay for having to pay 4d per week from
thirteen weeks. It was paid for by their wages.
contributions from workers,
government and employers.
National Insurance Act Part 2, If a worker was unemployed, the The average working family could
1911 worker received 7s 6d per week. It not survive on 7s 6d per week.
was funded by worker, employer Unemployment pay ran out after
and government contributions. 15 weeks.

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