The Poor Law Commission of 1905–09: a view from a century on

John Offer

in Social Policy Review 21

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423733
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303480 | DOI:
The Poor Law Commission of 1905–09: a view from a century on

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This chapter examines the impact the Poor Law Commission of 1905–09 has had on contemporary welfare policy. It highlights the importance of continuity and change in the welfare state, and shows how surprisingly contemporary and enduring the issues tackled by the Commission are. It notes that pensions, and care, and social change are still debated, and how to balance direct provision with other kinds of support to achieve social cohesion and individual well-being.

Keywords: Poor Law Commission; contemporary welfare policy; welfare state; pensions; care; social change; social cohesion; individual well-being

Chapter.  8250 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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