OCR History B As: Liberal Sunset Reforms: How Poverty was dealt with in the 19th century

How poverty was dealth with in th 19th century

1834 poor law

Insurance

Charities

families

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Liberal Reforms Dealing with poverty in the 19th century
1834 poor law
Anyone who needed help could go to a workhouse
Looked like prisons intended to deter people from asking for help
People faced humiliation and were known as paupers
Money came from local taxes poor rates
Each area had to provide for it's own poor most deprived areas found it difficult to
raise enough money
Charities
Provided more money than the state poor law system
Help varied from place to place
Insurance
67 million dad medical insurance by 1900
5 ½ million payed subscriptions to friendly societies
members would get benefits when ill and a payment to their families when they dies
Burial socities existed so money would be available when there was a death in the
family
Sometimes gave social support aswell as cash
Many member had to drop out because they coldnt afford to keep up the
payments ill or lost jobs
becamse a problem as people lived longer societies not calculated paying out
pensions to men who continued living long after they were able to work
Familes
people stayed in bad housing to be near family for support
Mothers earned extra ne working at home ­ washing or sewing
Familes often also too poor to help

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