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What reforms did the Liberal government introduce between 1906-1910

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What reforms did the Liberal government introduce between 1906-1910? Assess their significance. After the Liberal government came into power due to a landslide victory. When they came to power the Liberals knew there was great need for reform. They knew this change was really required to help and improve Britain and as a whole, make it a better country. There were many parts of Britain that were in very poor condition (in poverty). To eliminate this factor that had plagued Britain the Liberals introduced many reforms between 1906-1910. Each of these had specific aims. They were mainly directing these towards the working class people. One of the crucial targets of the reforms was the children of Britain. They knew that the children were the key to constructing a better Britain. One of the first reforms to be introduced by the Liberals for children was an act that said that children should be provided medical inspections in school and also stated that they should be provided free treatment. ...read more.


Within these Borstals the children were educated. The intention of this was that these children would grow up as respectable adults with high morals. Out of the reforms introduced for children this seemed to deem the most successful, even though children were still put into adult prisons when the Borstals become to full (again the government didn't have enough money to introduced many of these Borstals). The Liberals knew it was not just the children who needed aid in Britain. It was also people too old to work. The elderly. Booth and Rowntree's survey into poverty revealed that the majority of the elderly were being forced to work in workhouses when it was no longer possible for them to work for any one else. In 1908 the 'Old Age Pensions Act' was introduced. This had great significance as it freed the pensioners from the fear of the workhouse. Once more as the government were struggling to find enough money to properly fund this, it was a mere 5 shillings that was supplied to only pensioners over 70. ...read more.


Their argument was that it would make the people lazy and too dependent on the state. The autocracy were perhaps shocked by the huge step away from 'Old Liberalism' and 'Laissez Faire'. The Liberals succeeded to notice that there was a big problem concerning poverty, and with the money that they had they introduced as much aid as they could, although they had a reluctance to force local authorities into carrying out these reforms. This was a problem as the reforms may have been more of a success if they gave more demands to local authority, which meant they would of carried out these measure no matter how problematic this may have been. When looking at this time with a perspective it is clear that even though these specific reforms were never much of a success they had major significance. It showed that because of the Liberal government, Britain had realised that the working class in Britain needed aid. This was major breakthrough for Britain. Britain could now assess this problem further and impose additional reforms to improve the first one that were very significant to Britain. ...read more.

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