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Poverty and Inequality Law
Social Policy - Laws relating to poverty

Social Policy - Laws relating to poverty

The Poor Laws were much hated, and much of the development of social services in the 20th century - including national insurance, means tests and health care - were framed to avoid having to rely on them.

The modern welfare state was created largely as a result of the recommendations of civil servant Sir William Beveridge in 1942. Beveridge was asked to outline some policies that would eradicate poverty and inequality in Britain . He identified five evils that the government needed to tackle. They were,

There follows five responses that the government took to eradicate or minimize the evils that Beveridge identified.

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