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Why did the Liberal government introduce a program of social reforms in 1906?
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Why did the Liberal government introduce
a program of social reforms in 1906?
For most of the 19th century the British government did little to help people who were in need. The dominant political idea of "laissez-faire" means that the government "left things alone." There was also a feeling that poor people were to blame for their situation. Most help for poor people came from charities not the government.
Before 1906, most of the help available for those in need came from the "Poor Law" of 1834. There were too many people that needed help from the government; the old, the sick, the poor, and the unemployed that the government decided to take action. They looked after them but they had to raise taxes to get the money to help them. Not many people agreed with this idea, especially the rich who thought that they shouldn't pay for the poor. They claimed that helping the poor would encourage them to be lazy and not work because they know the government will pay for them. However by 1906 people began to agree with the government. They realised that the government could not ignore the poor any longer.
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