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

How has the Welfare State tried to eliminate poverty and can it be successful?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How has the Welfare State tried to eliminate poverty and can it be successful? The welfare State is a system in which the state takes responsibility for the health and welfare of its citizens/subjects. The state uses benefits, free healthcare, free education and provide adequate living conditions to ensure that people's health and well being is looked after. One of the aims of the welfare state is to eliminate poverty, poverty can come in many different forms some worse then others. Absolute poverty is when someone's income doesn't cover the minimum provisions needed to maintain health; these people are below the poverty line. Relative poverty are those people that cannot afford items that most people consider normal to have, such as a TV; therefore they are excluded from normal activities. Environmental poverty is not so much about money; someone may be above the poverty line but live in a neighbourhood with poor shops and parks. There is no official poverty line in Britain and because there are many different definitions of poverty it makes it hard to measure. ...read more.

Middle

There had been 20 years of mass unemployment and no help was given to those in poverty. The measures introduced by the Liberal government were not proving successful. The environments and housing people had to live in were of poor condition and helped spread disease. The Labour government decided that no one should be allowed to live in poverty and the Welfare state should be for everybody. To get rid of disease everyone was to have proper healthcare so the National Health Service was introduce; this provided free healthcare for everyone. In 1948 a social security system came into action to rid want and poverty. This provided money for those that needed financial help and protection. To tackle ignorance the Butler Education Act (1994) was introduced to provide free secondary state education to all, in 1947 the leaving age was raised to 15. To remove squalor poor housing was got rid of and it was replaced with adequate state and private provision. ...read more.

Conclusion

It has also not succeeded in getting rid of relative poverty, as there are people who cannot afford things that others take for granted. The NHS has meant that there are fewer diseases and people live longer, however there are long waiting lists for treatment. Everyone has a chance to an education and the leaving age is 16 however there are still some youths that come out of school with no qualifications. The old slums from before the war have been demolished and in their place new housing has been put up, although some of these places are no nicer to live in. Unemployment is still high although the state does provide training and job opportunities. Looking at Britain today to eliminate poverty would be a very hard thing to do. To provide free services for everyone who needs it the taxes would have to be increased. Taxes are a very unpopular thing and parties usually promise to lower taxes so as to get more votes. Therefore spending on the Welfare state cannot be improved in this way. ...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 Charities, Poverty and Development 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 Charities, Poverty and Development essays

  1. Explain the terms 'Relative poverty', 'Absolute Poverty' and 'Culture of Poverty'.

    better- originally coming from an affluent wealthy family becomes part of their identity and 'they live beyond their means', they have to actually live that way, and are often too proud to claim benefits. Five million subjectively say they are in poverty, but because people are too proud to say

  2. Sociology of Poverty in Britain

    the EU's suggestion of 50% of the national average income. Similarly research such as Townsend's is criticized on the basis that it is in fact a reflection of inequality, not poverty. In this respect the measurement of relative poverty is essentially worthless as inequality will always exist.

  1. Absolute and Relative Poverty

    (UN Declaration of Human Rights) Health - Health care is important to 'ensure a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or illness' (World Health Organisation). This requires adequate food, access to safe drinking water, sewage disposal, health, education and care.

  2. The Relation Between Consumerism and Poverty

    that modern societies are built up around consumption rather than production and that this is a key problem. This shift from a culture of producers to one of consumers, Bauman maintains, has left the poor "without a useful function."

  1. RE poverty

    They could use these to discuss what they could do about the issues here, and also the teachings of Amos. In the Good Samaritan Catholics are told to love their neighbours and they are told that that includes all strangers, this means that we should share our wealth.

  2. To What Extent Is the Welfare State Responsible For Creating a Culture of Dependency?

    However, Lewis argues that these very values which help cope with poverty also trap the people in poverty. For example, one of the beliefs of the culture of poverty is to live for today and not to worry about the future.

  1. Federal poverty line

    Averages of personal budgets from self, and family. $80 $960 Electric Average monthly usage with constant presence. Averages of personal budgets from self, and family. $80 $960 Car Payment $10,000 at 7% APR, for 3 years. http://www.americasautomall.com/paymnt.cfm $170 $2,040 Car Insurance 4 door sedan.

  2. Why did the liberal government introduce a program of social reforms 1906?

    The Workhouse dweller was given a uniform in exchanged for their clothes, usually a coarse gown or cotton shirt. These would have letters sewn on them, 'P' for pauper, followed by the letter of the parish. Changing attitudes At the dawn of the 20th century two social surveys were published

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