Why did the Poor Law need to change?

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  • Created on: 23-03-14 11:40
  • in February 1832, the Whig (a political party) government set up a Commission of Enquiry into the Operation of the Poor Law


  • increasing cost of poor relief
  • the growing belief that the poor law admin was corrupt
  • fears that systems of relief were actually increasing poverty, rather than finding work relief was just handed to them (i.e. Speenhamland System where they subsidised low wages)
  • Swing riots in the 1820s and 30s
  • concerns of a revolution from France would spread to Britain
  • Settlement Laws were costly to the government and unorganised


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