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Post war times, almost immediately, began with severe unemployment for Britain. Severe unemployment often leads to recession, depression and civil unrest. It was during this time, that the Beveridge Report came to be. People and government were made aware of problems that were exciting but somehow hidden from mass public. The government responded to the Beveridge Report, with a report of its own: the White Papers. The differences between the two were preferential to the government. Proposals of Political and Economic Planning (PEP) instituted unemployment insurance, and the success of PEP would be greatly based on the success, both in action and in public reception, of unemployment insurance. This insurance did not cover everyone; some in the government wanted to cover groups like shopkeepers, farmers, and nurses, who had been excluded. Another issue facing unemployment insurance was the duration of the payments, i.e. how long should a person be covered? Furthermore, what should the benefit structure and rate of pay be? How should the rate of pay be calculated? PEP was in favour of a six-month term and then the use of a means tested assistance payment, if necessary. The unemployed would, in order to receive payment, be obligated to meet with representatives of the unemployment insurance, who would inquire as to the unemployed individual's attempts to find work. ...read more.

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They then would take the pirated steel place it on a barge, and dump it in the sea. Their act was designed to coerce people into a realisation that this was a Real War and that Britain needed her citizens' help. The post war attitude differed immensely from the wartime attitude and the British became more helpful with government ideas, which included helping the unemployed. The training program, put together to prevent continued job loss, also helped the unemployed. These programs gave people a chance to work. When someone is on unemployment, often they are getting the bare minimum necessary to survive so working at the lowest paying job was still better, especially if there were to be the instatement of a minimum wage. The government did not hand out its benefits easily; often insurance payments were lower than payments of low paying jobs. The government did not want someone unemployed to earn more than someone working. The community would push someone to work also, in theory, because their taxes provided the assets of the insurance fund. In response to the Beveridge Report, the government published the White Paper. This was like the Beveridge report but it was formed by the government and not by an unaffiliated individual. ...read more.

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The government responded to a request of the people with their White Paper Report, but really were following many ideas of the popular Beveridge Report. The British Government made changes to the report to suit the governments' need while still satisfying, to a degree, the short-term needs of the people. The difference simply lie in the fact that the government would work with the needs of the people. Many benefits from this report, via local government and state government, play a large part in peoples lives. People were treated more equally: farmers, wives, children, the poor and rich, all had now had the benefit of government support. The income of family started to level off. Money was taken from military and redirected to the people. The aim went from fighting a war to rebuilding the country. The coalition government changed from looking at winning the war to rebuilding after the war. Whether or not relying on supply and demand as a means of post war economic reconciliation would be better than this form of legislated socialist intervention hardly mattered. The post war economic climate was controlled by the Bank of England, which worked hand in hand with the government, which helped fulfil a need to provide its citizenry with public funds. The system, under such management, has been a reliable saviour for its unemployed and otherwise unable citizens. ...read more.

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