• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To what extent did welfare provision improve as a result of the Second World War?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

To what extent did welfare provision improve as a result of the Second World War? After the Second World War, major changes gad to be made after the Country had been left in such a crisis. Infrastructure gad been destroyed, much unable to be repaired which meant many people in Britain were left homeless, it was at this low point in the history of Britain that much Government action was needed. A man named William Bevridge try to stress to the Government and the rest of Britain, the "five giants" that needed to be conquered if Britain was to become the once powerful country it was. These "five giants" were squalor, ignorance, want, disease and idleness; this was shown through the "Bevridge Report." To conquer these giants the Government decided to greatly improve the lives of the British people, this was done through things like, improving housing, improving education, improving healthcare (NHS) and new benefits for example, child benefit which is still around today. After world war one, no body in their right mind expected a repeat performance, but they were wrong and so came world war two, a war which was about to be one of the most devastating wars the world has ever seen! ...read more.

Middle

there people from the "cradle to the grave" It has to be said that if it weren't for the war these giants wouldn't seem so enormous and daunting, the war encouraged squalor with the slums used as housing caused by bombing, it encouraged want, people needed healthcare as disease would often spread quick due to the cramp housing and the bombing of housing, it encouraged disease as now more and more people were living in squalor, living all close together, it encouraged ignorance, more and more children would have to leave school earlier in order to help rebuild the Country, finally it encouraged idleness, businesses had been destroyed by the bombing and destruction and so led too major unemployment. On the other hand you could say that it was the war that encouraged the Government to try and defeat these giants and make Britain a better place, because the war had encouraged these giants, the Government then recognised them and decided to do something about it, by bringing in new reforms, making sure everyone got the right health care etc. After world war two the main improvement seemed to be the health service. ...read more.

Conclusion

The first one was a Grammar School, if you passed an 11+ test, you would be able to go to that school, and the test was often very hard, so really it was selective education, the top twenty per cent of the Country. The second school you could go to was a Secondary modern, if you failed the 11+ you would go to this school, it was more practical and less academic. The last school you could go to was a comprehensive; this was for all abilities, so it would be very mixed. Whereas before many children left school very early usually because they couldn't afford it, now children were leaving at a much later age. Now Britain had been made into a welfare state with the many universal benefits available, but these were still only free to the point of demand. It affected millions, practically everyone but in a good way. The Government had vowed to look after there people from the "cradle to the grave." It was the labour party who had introduced all of these benefits in 1945 and they were the ones that introduced the welfare state. Things had been much improved compared to life before the war, mainly through the many benefits introduced; you could even so as far to say that the war was a blessing in disguise! By Scott Simpson ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. In what ways did the Second World War affect the lives of ordinary people ...

    There fore people could not be affected by the extent of death caused by the city bombing. However, the people in the towns and cities who experienced the Blitz often disregarded the media's sunny view as they were actually facing the horror of destruction and personal loss unlike those who gained their information from the press and radio.

  2. Indian History. To what extent did large dams built before 1990 fulfil Nehru's ambitions?

    This clearly demonstrates that irrigation can greatly be credited with boosting agricultural production. Of this irrigation, an increasingly high proportion of the water came from large dams, 47% in 1990 (Shah, 1990, p. 105). Thus, dams can be attributed with directly contributing to a 90% rise in agricultural output.

  1. American Society today is a rich, powerful and highly populated

    These were known as the "Palmer Raids" after the Attorney General Mitchell Palmer who had also been the target of anarchists who blew up his house. Palmer set up the general intelligence division within the government Department of Justice. Most of the 6,000 people arrested were respectable citizens who had never been in trouble.

  2. Why did the British government decide to evacuate children from Britain's major cities in ...

    tactic based on speed and surprise and needed a military force to be based around light tank units supported by planes and infantry (foot soldiers). The tactic was developed in Germany by an army officer called Hans Guderian. He had written a military pamphlet called "Achtung Panzer" which got into the hands of Hitler.

  1. The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now

    Killgore's decisions were based on the height of waves rather than the level of enemy resistance. Killgore's ill-advised decision making proves him to be another unqualified official in a position of power. The story continues with Killgore's mission, and touches upon yet another aspect of public concern.

  2. What Impact did the Second World War have on the lives of women in ...

    to do the housework because the servants she would have had before the war had now been called into the factories and so this meant a lot of women in this situation found it a struggle during the war times.

  1. Total War, Britain during the Second World War

    There were wireless broadcasts, posters and a large number of short films. Some showed how to fit a gas mask, others described simple fire precaution, but all emphasised the need for people to remain calm. The Phoney War Within a few weeks of the declaration of war, many of the

  2. To What Extent Was Life Affected By The Second World War In Croydon?

    There is no need for the author to bias because at the time of writing the war is over. However memoirs are written well after the events happened so sometimes the author may have forgotten some of the details and it may not be fully accurate.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work