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Beliefs on Poor Law

British History - Problems with the Poor Law and changes that were made

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What were Jeremy Bentham's beliefs about the Poor Law? Jeremy Bentham outlined his beliefs on this matter in his book 'Pauper Management Improved'. His view was that people should have to work to receive any help.
Did Jeremy Bentham have any proposed solutions for the Poor Laws? Make National Charity to be completely responsible for the poor to take the problem off governments hands. Suggested that 500 industry houses should be built to cater for 1 million people = 10% of the total population.
What were Thomas Malthus's beliefs about the Poor Law? Thomas Malthus believed that the Poor Laws were the main cause for the increase in population in this period. People could get more money if they had more children. With that extra money easier to buy food etc.
Did Thomas Malthus have any proposed solutions for the Poor Laws? Abolish Poor Laws. However He thought that some family allowances and relief should be paid out still to the unemployed.
What were David Ricardo's beliefs about the Poor Law? David Ricardo believed that people should be able to make their own money in free-market + trade and that the state should not have to help these people. There wasn't any need to.
Did David Ricardo have any proposed solutions for the Poor Laws? Abolish Poor Laws.
What were Robert Owen's beliefs about the Poor Law? Robert Owen believed the current economic system caused poverty and that peoples' poverty was through no fault of their own.
Did Robert Owen have any proposed solutions for the Poor Laws? Government settle labourers I new co-operative communities where they would be able to share the full benefits.
What were Thomas Paine's beliefs about the Poor Law? Thomas Paine believed that the Poor Laws needed reforming so that they supported poor people better. A new organisation system was needed.
Did Thomas Paine have any proposed solutions for the Poor Laws? Demanded that PL was replaced with Land tax for which the rich folk would pay. Land itself to be redistributed from the rich to the poor. Support system - family and education allowances. Able bodied people to go work in a workhouse.
Which of the proposed solutions was acted upon? Jeremy Bentham's/David Ricardo because their solutions would save the government a large sum of money which was one of the objectives.
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