The 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act

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  • the government reacted from the Royal Commission Report by setting up a bill, reflecting recommendations in this report
  • the purpose of the Poor Law Amdendment Act was to bring radical reform of the poor relief system in England and Wales
  • a central authority (Poor Law Commission) was established to regulate poor laws
  • parishes grouped together forming new poor law unions
  • workhouses shall be built in each union
  • conditions are meant to be much worse than by people poorly paid
  • 'outdoor relief' for the able-bodied poor was to end so those seeking poor relief had to work in a workhouse


  • the central government known as the Poor…


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