The Liberal Adoption of a Policy of Social Reform in the Period 1906-1914

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The Liberal Adoption of a Policy of Social Reform in the Period 1906-1914

There are many issues to examine when answering the question of what prompted the Social reforms of 1906-1914 such as the changing ideas of the British public and national efficiency which was decreasing. In the period of 1906-1914, the social reform acts were passed in parliament by the Liberal government under Herbert Asquith PM, Lloyd-George MP and Winston Churchill MP. These acts laid the foundations of a basic welfare state on which our current welfare state was built from. These acts provided basic support for mothers and children, the old, sick and the unemployed. These changes were considered very radical considering
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These factors show clearly that Britain in 1906 was in need and was prepared as a country for social reform as new ideas came to light about the poverty situation. The Social Reforms came about partially because poverty and its true cause were exposed and people saw the harsh reality for themselves. This prompted humanitarian concern among the educated and helped to induce the Liberal Social Reform Acts because many of the population’s views were changed as regards the poor.

Poverty levels were not helped by the great depression which meant that a lot of people living on the ‘poverty line’ were plunged into poverty as they lost their jobs due to overproduction this shows a need for the Liberal social reform and was a catalyst to their adoption of it because it means more people were plunged into poverty and . Due to the Industrial Revolution many people from rural areas had moved to find jobs in more urban areas. This meant a boom in the possible workforce and so more unemployed, also the factory owners could pay very little because of such high competition for jobs This shows a need for some sort of social reform because people could get stuck on the poverty line due to such low wages but could not get out of it because they could not afford to quit to find a better paid

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