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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.

June 1894

'The Aged Poor in England and Wales'

Social reformer Charles Booth's report helped to understand who was receiving Poor Law assistance.


The Midwives Act 1902

Legislation provided for the registration of midwives to secure better training and regulation of midwives.


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.

December 1911

National Insurance Act 1911

Following a lengthy national debate, the Act created a national system of insurance to protect working people against loss of income relating to sickness or unemployment.

January 1918–December 1920

'Spanish flu' pandemic

The 1918 influenza pandemic was caused by direct transmission of avian influenza to humans. It killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide in the aftermath of the First World War.