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Adult social care and integration

Legislation

The Poor Law 1601

The Poor Law Act 1601 sought to consolidate all previous legislative provisions for the relief of ‘the poor’.

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The Royal Commission into the operation of the Poor Laws reported in 1834

The Royal Commission into the Operation of Poor Laws, chaired by the Bishop of London, launched an investigation into the administration of the Poor Laws in 1832.

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The Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 (also known as the ‘new Poor Law’) received royal assent on 14 August 1834

The system of providing support to the poor was overhauled by the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, dubbed the ‘new Poor Law’.

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The Metropolitan Poor Act 1867 received royal assent on 14 March 1867

Florence Nightingale had campaigned for people to be treated in appropriate institutions, for medical relief in London to be managed by a single body and for funding of medical treatment through gener

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The Diseases Prevention (Metropolis) Act 1883 received royal assent on 20 August 1883

The Disease Prevention (Metropolis) Act 1883 gave the Metropolitan Asylums Board (MAB) additional powers in relation to the isolation and treatment of people suffering from infectious diseases.

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The Medical Relief Disqualification Act 1885 received royal assent on 6 August 1885

The Medical Relief Disqualification Act 1885 removed the link between the Poor Law and medical assistance.

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The Aged Poor in England and Wales was published by Charles Booth in June 1894

Charles Booth’s The Aged Poor in England and Wales was published in 1884 and was an attempt to better understand the demographics of those receiving Poor Law assistance.

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