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Beatrice Webb: her quest for a fairer society: a hundred years of the Minority Report

Ward, Michael (2011) Beatrice Webb: her quest for a fairer society: a hundred years of the Minority Report. The Smith Institute; Webb Memorial Trust, London.

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Abstract

"In 1905 a Royal Commission was appointed to review the Poor Laws – Britain’s limited, harsh, often punitive welfare system, which dated back to 1834 and in parts to 1601. Beatrice Webb was appointed a member of the Commission, and soon despaired of most of the other members. In 1909 Beatrice produced a Minority Report, calling for the break up of the Poor Law, while the majority of the Commission’s members called for more limited reforms. The Minority Report analysed the causes of poverty and unemployment as economic, rather than moral. It paved the way for the creation of the welfare state." p. 53.

Item Type: Book
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Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 14:52
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2015 12:07
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/555

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