OCR History B As: Liberal Sunset Reforms: Achievements and Limitations 1906-1910

What the Liberals achieved and didn't achieve between 1906-1910

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Liberal Party Achievements and limitations
Achievements:
increase in government intervention
state taken responsibility for the people
expansion of civil service safety net set up against poverty
People now had a way to pull themselves out of poverty
Health insurance sick pay and medical treatment
set foundations for further reform
most poor would have benefited
change in social attitudes towards poor
Innovative
Increase in government intervention and expenditure
Liberals had a good record compared to previous governments
People's budget 1906 ­ massive extension on taxation of the rich
New sense of social responsibility and welfare `from the cradle to the grave'
Minimum wage (but was variable0
Limitations
costs of the benefits exceeded official estimates
many reforms people had to pay into themselves
only half a million of the oldest poorest received a pension
Some benefits optional to enforce
Budget favoured m/c over w/c
reforms palliative not preventative
nothing done for agricultural workers
1914, army volunteers still rejected as unfit as had been in the Boer War

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