National Committee for the Prevention of Destitution

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the Royal Commission on the Poor Law, the Minority Report and the National Committee for the Prevention of Destitution, including a paper by Sidney Webb 'Suggestions and Hypotheses'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Formerly the National Committee for the Promotion of the Break Up of the Poor Law. Arthur Balfour (1848-1930), Prime Minister 1902-1905, set up a Royal Commission under Lord George Hamilton (1845-1927) to look into the Poor Law of 1832. The Act was considered to be too severe, it was no longer universally applied and was open to abuse. The Local Government Act of 1929 established a revised approach to the conditions of the poor.

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Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 8, 2002

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