Legislation required parishes to levy a 'poor rate' to fund financial support for those who could not work, dependent on the residential qualification of living locally.
14 May 1796
Edward Jenner, a British scientist, discovered that vaccinations could be a way of preventing disease.
Legislation limited access to assistance provided outside of workhouses and the government introduced deterrent conditions in workhouses.
Legislation established the General Register Office and a new system of national registration of births, marriages and deaths to take effect from 1837.
The report concluded that the prevalence of disease was directly linked to the substandard living conditions experienced by the poor in London.
Legislation permitted Poor Law guardians to appoint medical officers to vaccinate people at the public expense.
Renowned as a social reformer, Edwin Chadwick undertook an investigation into sanitation and made recommendations on improving living standards.
Designed as temporary legislation to stem the spread of cholera, legislation set out procedures for the removal of 'nuisances' and increased the regulatory powers of the Privy Council.
William Henry Duncan was appointed as medical officer of health in Liverpool to ensure that sanitary conditions were improved to stem the spread of disease.
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