How Successful Were the Reforms of Post War Labour Government 1945-1951 in Creating a Welfare State?

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How successful were the Liberal Reforms of 1906-1914 in meeting the needs of the British people?
Before the turn of the twentieth century, the government and people of Britain commonly believed in the policy of laissez-faire – the policy of non-intervention in relation to social problems. Due to this, the majority of those in poverty received no help whatsoever. However as time passed, people’s attitudes were changed by the publishing of various findings and the government seeked to help not only the poor but also other groups. The young were helped by aiding their nourishment and inspecting their health. The elderly were helped by supporting them with pensions. The sick were helped by creating insurance which would come to their help during times of sickness. The unemployed were assisted by funding which supported them at times during which they looked for work. Finally, the employed were helped by making their wages fairer and shortening working hours.
In 1906 the School Meals Act was passed. This Act addressed the problem of children being undernourished in school as this made them incapable of learning as much as they were expected to. A year later the Medical Inspections Act was passed which made it mandatory that a child goes through at least 3 medical inspections throughout their school career. Finally, in 1908 the Children’s Charter was passed. The Charter protected children in all aspects of life, making sure they were protected from abuse and neglect by making these punishable offenses and ensuring that they children were not living on the streets without food or education. It also banned under-16s from smoking, drinking alcohol or begging. Furthermore, children now had a separate legal system in which they weren’t tried as adults if they committed crimes. The induction of all these were very important. Children could now get proper sized meals which in…...

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