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

"Jarrow's problems were caused by the policies of the National Government".

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Question 5 "Jarrow's problems were caused by the policies of the National Government" The problems the question is referring to include a catastrophic lack of jobs. This was caused by the decline of heavy industry, owing to general economic decline in post war Europe and the fact that particularly after 1925 British exports were extremely expensive. The people made unemployed were forced to go on the doll, which then consequently ruined there chances of finding another job. This meant that contracts for ships etc. went to foreign competitors, and in towns like Jarrow work ran out as contracts became fewer and further between. No-one invested in trying to start up new companies to replace small but important companies such as Palmers Yard which was closed by rationalisation. ...read more.

Middle

Therefore, although this wasn't the National Governments doing, they could have aided the situation and put an end to it a lot faster as stated in source F where it reports that "Protests were made, but nothing effective could be done unless the [National] government was prepared to act." The dole money issued was insufficient. It was too little for the people to live on and was a lot less than minimum wage. It was inadequate before 1931, but it was cut by the National Government and they introduced the means test, which meant that not only were people struggling to get by on the small amount they were given, but some people had to make do with no money at all and no way of making any. ...read more.

Conclusion

They had passed a "Special Areas Act" in 1934 spending �2,000,000 to encourage investment, but although the government thought this was sufficient, it was nowhere near and did next to nothing in improving the situation, yet still, the National Government was intent it could do no more. In 1934, rationalisation caused Palmers Yard to close down. This was an idea hatched by the National Government. They did not attempt to assist the people of Jarrow find new employment, although the unemployment rate had peaked beforehand 1934 reaching numbers of 7,178, but going down to 6,462 after the closing of the ship yard. In conclusion, most of the points covered were not directly caused by the National Government or their policies, but rather than attempt to resolve them, they left them to get worse. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Politics 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 GCSE Politics essays

  1. Personalities not policies

    of growth all at the same time was too much to handle. Macmillan gambled on the idea that controlled expansion of the economy could revive the party's fortunes in the following year.

  2. Minority Rights, Identity Politics and Gender in Bangladesh: Current Problems and Issues

    The southwest the southwestern part of Bangladesh consists of the districts of Bagerhat, Khulna and Satkhira. It is a coastal area constituted by fresh waters of the innumerable rivers and distributaries, which end up in the saline waters of the Bay of Bengal.

  1. Assess Mao's domestic policies

    Ignoring the failure of the "Hundred Flowers Campaign", the CCP launched "The Great Leap Forward" in 1958. It was aimed at accomplishing the economic and technical development of the country at a vastly faster pace and with greater results. The announcement of such expectations led the party to an intensified

  2. Serfdom – Emancipation, etc

    The Slavophils were convinced that the material progress of the West, far from being a sign of a superior civilisation, was in fact merely the result of one-sided specialisation. They considered this development not only created an inhuman society in which competition and individualism had replaced 'togetherness', but also made violent and destructive revolution inevitable.

  1. Local Government Vs. National Government

    It used to be called 'rates' and was paid only by those who owned property. In the early 1990s it was replaced by the 'community charge' (known as the 'poll tax'). This charge was the same for everybody who livedin the area covered by a council.

  2. Decentralization and development of modern local government systems in Eastern Europe

    Now mostly the increase of independent revenues as the basis of extending local autonomy is the objective of the reforms. Suggested methods are more sophisticated; not only local taxation but also, for example, personal income tax sharing schemes are under development (this is the case in Estonia and Poland).

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