Labour Welfare Reforms

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The Beveridge Report and Labour’s Welfare Reforms

This was the start of the Welfare state, which were aiming to slay the ‘5 giants’ with the aim of eradicating poverty:

-        WANT – National insurance (1946)

-        SQUALOR – Slum clearance and rehousing

-        IGNORANCE – Effective education system

-        IDLENESS – Full employment

-        DISEASE – NHS (1946)

One of the key principles was that the benefits of the Welfare State would apply to all regardless of social or economic background, which meant getting rid of means testing

National Insurance Act (46) and the National Assistance Act (48)

-        Paid for by contributions from the…


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