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The Poor Law 1601

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

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The Poor Law Amendment Act 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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Metropolitan Poor Act 1867

Through restricted to London, this act began to influence services nationally.

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The Diseases Prevention (Metropolis) Act 1883

The Diseases 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

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

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Royal Commission on the Poor Law and the Unemployed was established in 1905

The Royal Commission on the Poor Law and the Unemployed was set up to review the system of poor relief provision and to consider alternative mechanisms to tackle issues relating to unemployment.

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The National Insurance Act 1911 received royal assent in December 1911

The National Insurance Act 1911 received royal assent in December 1911.

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The Local Government Act 1929 received royal assent reforming the administration of the Poor Law.

The main purpose of the Local Government Act 1929 was to consolidate local government structures.

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The Emergency Hospital Service (later Emergency Medical Service) was established in 1939

The Emergency Hospital Service was established at the outbreak of World War II.

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The report of the Inter-Departmental Committee on Social Insurance and Allied Services, more commonly known as the ‘Beveridge report’, was published in December 1942

The Inter-Departmental Committee on Social Insurance and Allied Services, led by Sir William Beveridge, had been tasked with undertaking a review of social insurance schemes.

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A national health service white paper was published in March 1944

The preparations made to deal with the Second World War on health services were significant.

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The National Health Service Act 1946 received royal assent in November 1946

The Labour victory in the general election brought a new Minister of Health, Aneurin Bevan, who rejected previous proposals for local authorities to take control of a national health service and argue

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