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The two major liberal reforms, old age pensions and national insurance, were limited.

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Introduction

* The reforms initiated by Lloyd George had to be paid for. To do this, Lloyd George, as Chancellor of the Exchequer introduces a budget in 1909 which taxed the rich and landowners. At first, the House of Lords, which was full of landowners, opposed the budget. * Many people still believed that everyone should look after themselves and their families. They thought it was wrong for the state to step in and help people as this might encourage them to become lazy. ...read more.

Middle

* Had not been in prison during the ten years before claiming pension. * Had no habitually failed to work according to their ability, opportunity and need. Only half a million elderly peope qualified for state old pensions, due to these demands. National insurance National insurance against sickness initially covered ten million men and four million women. It was only for people who: * Were on low incomes * Made the contributions. T did not cover their dependents. National insurance against unemployment initially covered around 2.25 million workers, most of them skilled men. ...read more.

Conclusion

* Look at requirements of pensions * Despite royal commission reform, literals did nothing about changing the poor law. 158,000 were getting school meals, once a day. This is pretty impressive and poor children benefited from this imensly. School medical inspections, also meant that there children would be diagnosed for free but had to pay for treatment. They also put in the children's act, which made children more important. As a result of this evidence, the liberals reform suggest, that this was defiantly a start but by no means were they helping everyone. Benji Gourgey 4B Opposition to the reforms 18/12/2007 ...read more.

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