Labour Welfare Reforms essay tips. Assess the impact of the welfare reforms of the Labour Government on the lives of the British people. What is the question asking you to do?.
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Assess the impact of the welfare reforms of the Labour Government on the lives of the British people.
Opening sentence: some suggestions - Many historians believe that the Labour Welfare Reforms of 1945-51 enhanced the lives of the British people. However, was this actually the case? or
‘’ This is the greatest advance in our history. There can be no turning point. From now on Beveridge is not the name of a man; it is the name of a way of life’’. (‘The Five Giants’ by Nicholas Timmins’)
Comment of the importance of this quote - it is referring to the positive impact of the Welfare Reforms. Create a line of argument using this quote - were the Labour Welfare Reforms successful in improving the lives of the British public?
Line of argument - create questions in your introduction that can be argued/answered later. Did the reforms manage to provide an efficient health service?
Link paragraphs - It is clear to see that there are many arguments about the reforms but why were they introduced?
Ensure that you always refer back to the question - make sure you don’t just ‘tell the story’ of the reforms - actually assess the impact they had.
Include detailed, specific evidence to support the point/argument of the paragraph. Make sure you include a topic sentence - what is the key argument of this paragraph?
Support your points by referring to debates/references from Historians. When planning your essay, note down key quotes and debates. Again - make sure you always provide a link to the next paragraph.
How successful was this new service in meeting the needs of the British public?
Was a common standard of care throughout the country created?
Did all medics co-operate with the new system?
Were all the hospitals run and operated smoothly?
Did the government underestimate the demands to be placed on this new service?Main Body of Essay - Key Points/Arguments: Paragraph should focus on:
What policies did the Government introduce to improve employment?
Were they successful?
Remember, higher number of workers were needed to pay contributions to the new Social Security System.
Was this actually achieved?
Remember, to keep linking paragraphs.Main Body of Essay - Key Points/Arguments: Paragraph should focus on:
What about children with no support or family?
How successful was the 1944 Education Act?
Were the prospects of the Working Class improved?
Was there enough schools to implement this legislation?
Did these reforms satisfy the demands of the public?Main Body of Essay - Key Points/Arguments: Paragraph should focus on:
What problems (lack of housing) did the new government inherit after the war?
Were they successful in dealing with these problems?
What acts were passed to deal with this shortage of housing?
Were ‘new towns’ created and the issue of overcrowding solved?Main Body of Essay - Key Points/Arguments: Paragraph should focus on:
Refer back to the plan to remind yourself of the individual groups.
You can provide answers to the questions/arguments you should be creating in your essay.
Have you linked paragraphs?
Have you created a line of argument and not just told a story?Main Body of Essay - Key Points/Arguments: Paragraph should focus on:
Make sure it does answer the question and ‘wraps’ up all the key points.
‘Despite these charges, the achievement of the Labour government 1945-51 was considerable, The NHS was the envy of the world and Labourcould justifiably claim that people were cared for ‘’from the cradle to the grave’’.
Conclusion - General Points
Conclusion - General Points