How Towns Dealt With Poverty

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  • Issued beggar licences in 1515
  • Beggars required to wear a badge so they could be easily identified
  • People who refused to work were sent to a House of Correction, where they were made to work and were punished harshly, often through whipping
  • Beggars were expected to work and were given jobs like spinning
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  • Separated the idle poor and unfortunate poor
  • The idle poor were made to work, eg knitting, sewing
  • The unfortunate poor were given food and other forms of support, such as shelter
  • This limited the number of people who received poor relief
  • The poor relief was paid for by taxing the richer citizens
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  • Beggar licences introduced in 1569
  • Hospital opened to treat the old and sick who couldn't afford to be treated by doctors
  • A House of Correction was also built to punish those who refused to work
  • Youth training scheme introduced so people could learn a trade, making it easier for them to get a job in the future
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