Problems in Inter-War Britain (1918-1939)

What had British industries suffered from before ww1?
Slow but permanent decline, caused steady unemployment, competition from abroad.
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What did Britain's staple industries enjoy from 1919-1920?
A great surge in exports. People hoped in would return to pre-war levels.
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Which countries successfully challenged British trade after 1920?
Japan, India, Germany, Poland, Holland.
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Which parts of the UK had the most unemployment as a result of this loss of trade?
Wales, Northern Ireland, North of England, Scotland.
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What had Britain failed to do with its struggling industries?
Modernise them.
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How many people were unemployed by 1932-1933?
3 million people, around 23% of the insured workforce.
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Throughout the 1930s, what was the government's main economic priority?
Restricting expenditure so it could balance the budget without raising taxes.
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Who do you think was likely to suffer as a result of these policies?
Working class, people connected to old staple industries.
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What had Lloyd-George promised to build after ww1?
'Homes fit for heroes'.
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How many new houses needed to be built after ww1?
600,000.
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Which cities had large areas of slum housing after ww1?
Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow.
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At what age did most British children leave school?
14.
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Why do you think this could cause problems for Britain?
Because only a tiny fraction of working class children received advanced secondary education. Higher unemployment. People were less educated.
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At what age did people receive their old age pension?
70.
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Why did the Labour party complain about this system?
They though that a non-contributory pension for so many extra people would be an impossible burden on the treasury and that people wouldn't be able to collect it.
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What 3 criticisms were made about health insurance between 1918 and 1939?
1) No provision for workers' families to have medical treatment. 2) No payments towards the cost of hospital treatments. 3) Not enough hospitals provided by local authorities.
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What did Britain's staple industries enjoy from 1919-1920?

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A great surge in exports. People hoped in would return to pre-war levels.

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Which countries successfully challenged British trade after 1920?

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Which parts of the UK had the most unemployment as a result of this loss of trade?

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What had Britain failed to do with its struggling industries?

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