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The Liberal Party failed to make any real progress in the fight against poverty.' Do you agree? Explain your answer.

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'The Liberal Party failed to make any real progress in the fight against poverty.' Do you agree? Explain your answer. I somewhat agree to the above statement. I believe that the Liberal Party failed to make any real progress, however there are several reasons for the social reforms becoming the foundations for the end of poverty. Although there were several benefits for the poor, these new social reform acts wouldn't have tackled poverty. The social reforms were government legislation improving the lifestyle of the very poor in the country. They helped a wide variety of people including workers, children and the elderly. There were several points of success to these reforms. ...read more.

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Secondly, poorer people didn't usually live until 70, the minimum age to claim the old age pension. Prior to this, many people would be out of work due to age discrimination, and would have to rely on their children for support, preventing the children from escaping poverty. Also the pensions weren't a lot of money and hardly enough to live on if the person had no job, to pay for shelter, food and medical care. Even so, these pensions only entitled the extremely poor to get the money, the moderately poor who were also suffering couldn't receive money. Thirdly, only sweated industries received a minimum wage, and so many people were forced to live on little money for hard dangerous labour. ...read more.

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This meant that these people, along with millions of people who didn't fit in with the requirements of the limited acts, would continue to suffer the affects of poverty. Although, the reforms were limited, the reforms were the foundations of a welfare state, where the government takes responsibility for the poor, paving the way for later measures following throughout the rest of the century. The reforms did attempt to remedy the real reasons for poverty, but could not extend because of the opposition of the middle and upper classes. However, the reforms did change views of poverty, which meant that the future generations would hopefully support reforms. Therefore, although the Liberal Party failed to make progress at the time, many people were helped, and it was a start to a way of thinking that would evolve. ...read more.

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