Social Reforms

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1889

  • The first volumes of Charles Booth's study into poverty in London is published
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1899-1902

  • Boer War - Half of British voluntary recruits to the army are unfit due to poor health.
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1901

  • Seebohm Rowntree's book "Poverty:A study of Town life" based on York is published.
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1905

  • Conservative government introduces the Unemployed Workmen's Act to help fight unemployment.
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1906

  • Liberal Party wins a large victory in a General Election. Labour wins 29 seats.
  • Free School Meals act passed.
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1908

  • David Lloyd-George becomes chancellor
  • Lloyd-George tries to pass the People's Budget
  • Children and Young persons act passed.
  • Old age pensions introduced
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1909

  • Government Labour exchanges established
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1911

  • National Insurance Act introduced.
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1912

  • Labour exchanges were putting 3,000 people into jobs every working day.
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