Poor Law

Poor Law

Poor Relief refers to any actions taken by either governmental or ecclesiastical bodies to relieve poverty experienced by a population. More specifically, the term poor relief is often used to discuss how European countries dealt with poverty from the time just around the end of the medieval era to modernity when systems changed from barter style economy to the early days of capitalism. Throughout this time frame, authorities have been confronted with such questions as, "Who exactly should benefit from legislation that is passed?" and "Who is ultimately responsible for the care of these individuals?". As a result of trying to answer these difficult questions, in addition to ever changing attitudes towards poverty, many methods have been instituted to remedy this social crisis. From the early part of the 16th century to the modern day, poverty legislation passed by the English Parliament has transformed from a systematic means of punishment to a system of governmental support and protection as a result of the creation of the Welfare State.

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Scottish Poor Laws
... The Scottish Poor Laws were the statutes concerning poor relief passed in Scotland between 1579 and 1929 ... Scotland had a different Poor Law system to England and the workings of the Scottish laws differed greatly to the Poor Law Amendment Act which applied in England and Wales ... Parliament passed an act which made individual parishes responsible for enumerating their own poor ...
Slough Local Elections - Other Local Elections in Slough - Eton Union Board of Guardians
... The parish of Upton-cum-Chalvey was, for poor law purposes, included in the Eton Poor Law Union and represented on its Board of Guardians from 1835 ... This representation continued until 1930, when the poor law Unions and Boards of Guardians were abolished and their functions transferred to County Councils ...
Sheffield Archives - The Collections - Local Government Records
... authorities such as Urban and Rural District Councils, Poor Law Unions, civil townships and the former South Yorkshire County Council ... All the records of the old poor law together with the Guardians' records for both the Sheffield and Ecclesall Unions were destroyed in the West Bar offices ... A good deal of information about the old poor law can however be gleaned from private collections, especially solicitors' collections ...
Poor Law - The Industrial Revolution - The Great Famine (Ireland)
... Following the reformation of the Poor Laws in 1834, Ireland experienced a severe potato blight that lasted from 1845–1849 and killed an estimated 1.5 million ... regions of the United Kingdom, amendments to and adoptions of poor laws came in and around the same time ... In Scotland, for example, the 1845 Scottish Poor Law Act revised the Poor Laws that were implemented under the 1601 acts ...
Metropolitan Poor Act 1867
... The Metropolitan Poor Act 1867 was an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom, the first in a series of major reforms that led to the gradual separation of the Poor Law's medical functions from its poor ... legislation provided that a single Metropolitan Poor Rate would be levied across the Metropolis this being defined as the area of the Metropolitan Board of ... The Poor Law Board (a central government body) was empowered to form the areas of the various parish and poor law unions into districts for the provision of "Asy ...

Famous quotes containing the words law and/or poor:

    These, having not the law, are a law unto themselves.
    —Bible: New Testament St. Paul, in Romans, 2:14.

    The poor tread lightest on the earth. The higher our income, the more resources we control and the more havoc we wreak.
    Paul Harrison (b. 1936)