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Local Government Board Act 1871

Legislation established the Local Government Board, to administrate the Poor Law and the public health work of the medical department of the Privy Council.


Public Health Act 1872

Legislation established sanitary authorities in both urban and rural areas, and medical officers to plan for the prevention of infectious diseases.


Public Health Act 1875

Legislation consolidated previous public health acts made during the 19th century. These reforms set a framework for the next 50 years in public health.

20 August 1883

Diseases Prevention (Metropolis) Act 1883

Legislation gave the Metropolitan Asylums Board (MAB) additional powers to tackle infectious diseases and removed civil rights from people admitted to an MAB hospital.

August 1885

Medical Relief Disqualification Act 1885

Legislation removed the link between the Poor Law and medical assistance, so that people receiving medical assistance no longer faced the stigmatism of pauperism.

30 August 1889

Infectious Disease Notification Act

Legislation introduced compulsory notification of infectious diseases in London districts and urban, rural and port sanitary districts.


Public Health (London) Act 1891

A consolidating Act of previous legislative provisions relating to the removal of nuisances, sanitary measures and public health in London.


Royal Commission on the Poor Law and the Unemployed

Following their review of the system of poor relief provision and unemployment, the commissioners were split and released two reports.


Legislation to tackle the rise in infant mortality

Growing concern about the rise in infant mortality led to the Education (Provision of Meals) Act 1906 and the Education (administrative provisions) Act 1907.