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To what extent could the Liberal reforms of 1906-1914 be described as a radical attempt to alleviate poverty?

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  • Submitted: 15/12/2008
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AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics

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To what extent could the Liberal reforms of 1906-1914 be described as a radical attempt to alleviate poverty?

This essay will explore the Liberal reforms introduced between 1906-1914 and assess the government's efficacy in tackling poverty. In the early 20th century poverty was becoming an increasingly important issue and for a variety of reasons. Poverty had risen up the political agenda not least because of the advent of the Labour Party and their programme for social reform. At one end of the spectrum it is argued that the Liberal Government were crusaders for social reform, fighting oppression and poverty to emancipate the working classes. At the other end, the Liberals were seen as a Government with no plan or coherent strategy to deal with these issues and were not even united; with legislation being introduced piece meal as a response to individual crisis.

At the turn of the century large numbers of men, women and children had to endure deplorable living and working conditions. The estimated unemployment rate for 15 to 64 year olds in 1902 was 69%1, although the unemployment rate as measured by those claiming unemployment related benefit was as low as 5%. However

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