The Sick. ‘ The aged we have dealt with…we are still confronted with the more gigantic task of dealing with the rest- the sick, the infirm, the unemployed, the widows and orphans’ Lloyd George TB was claiming 75,000 lives a year.
TB was claiming 75,000 lives a year
Looked at German model again
Problems: friendly societies, doctors and cost implications
Cost: proposed 1909 Peoples budget
Tax on the rich to finance national insurance scheme
Redistributive: the more you earned the higher the tax rateThe Sick
Industrial insurance companies on the other hand were in business for profit
Government forced to back down and exclude the two ‘funeral benefits’
Designated ‘approved societies’ by National Insurance Act
Enhanced their status with the publicFriendly societies and Industrial Insurance company
Compulsory for trades that suffered cyclical/seasonal employment
Entitlement: 7 shillings (35p) a week up to 15 weeks
Payment: register at labour exchange to receive payment
Liberals took 5 years to finalise Part IINational Insurance Act, 1911
Still people living below ‘poverty line’
However move away from dreaded poor law
Limited welfare programme but brought in a system that won popular approval
Liberals had to take on opposition and problems at homeHow successful were Liberal reforms?
Problems for young/ acts that helped + why/drawbacks
Problems for elderly/acts that helped + why/drawbacksYour essay question!!!
Problems for unemployed/acts eg insurance/
Problems for sick/act/
positives/negativesYour essay question!!!