A family support centre in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, which provides assistance to families with children.
Although many deterrent workhouses developed in the period after the New Poor Law, some had already been built under the existing system. This workhouse in Nantwich, Cheshire, dates from 1780.
Out-door relief: Poor people coming to a workhouse for food, c. 1840
Distributing alms to the poor, abbey of Port-Royal des Champs c. 1710.
The Poor Laws in the aftermath of the Black Death (pictured), when labour was in short supply, were concerned with making the able-bodied work. (also see: Sturdy beggar)
A "Poor Law Bastille": 1835 model design of a workhouse to hold 300 paupers...
An office of the Social Insurance Institution (KELA) in Seinäjoki, Finland
The Old Poor Law or Elizabethan Poor Law is sometimes referred to as the "43rd Elizabeth" as it was passed in the 43rd year that Elizabeth I (pictured) reigned as Queen.
... 'classified' (men, women, girls, boys) and segregated accordingly
President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, 14 August 1935.
Advertisement for builders to build a new Workhouse in north Wales, 1829
One of the "Somerset House Despots": Sir Thomas Frankland Lewis, Chairman of Poor Law Commission 1834–39
Welfare in America
Nassau William Senior argued for greater centralization of the Poor Law system.
A chart showing the overall decline of average monthly welfare benefits (AFDC then TANF) per recipient 1962–2006 (in 2006 dollars).
Infighting between Edwin Chadwick and other Poor Law Commissioners was one reason for an overhaul of Poor Law administration.
David Lloyd George, architect of the Liberal welfare reforms which were implemented outside of the Poor Law system and paved the way for the eventual abolition of the Poor Law.
Punch criticized the New Poor Law's workhouses for splitting mothers and their infant children.

It completely replaced earlier legislation based on the Poor Law of 1601 and attempted to fundamentally change the poverty relief system in England and Wales (similar changes were made to the poor law for Scotland in 1845).

- Poor Law Amendment Act 1834

This system was substantially modified by the 19th-century Poor Law Amendment Act, which introduced the system of workhouses.

- Welfare

By 1820, before the passing of the Poor Law Amendment Act workhouses were already being built to reduce the spiraling cost of poor relief.

- English Poor Laws

The United Kingdom has a long history of welfare, notably including the English Poor laws which date back to 1536.

- Welfare

The Commission produced two conflicting reports but both investigations were largely ignored by the Liberal government when implementing their own scheme of welfare legislation.

- English Poor Laws
A family support centre in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, which provides assistance to families with children.

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