reforms for the elderly

HideShow resource information

THE PENSIONS ACT - 1908

Gave weekly pensions from Gov. funds to the elderly.
Promise to introduce pensions had been made in the 1908 budget

CRITERIA:

  • Over 70
  • Had an income of less than £21 a year
  • Had been UK citizens for 20+ years
  • Hadn't been in prison 10 years before
  • Could prove they had tried to find work all their life

PROS

Kept some elderly out of the workhouse

CONS

  • Only around 1/2 a million elderly qualified
  • Rich were against it, as they were taxed to fund the budget (which paid for the Old Age Pension Act)
1 of 1

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar History resources:

See all History resources »See all Changes in British society during the 20th century resources »