An investigation into the 1834 Poor Law Reform Act and its impact on the per capita poor relief expenditure of the English south coast (Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex)

Sansom, Richard (2006) An investigation into the 1834 Poor Law Reform Act and its impact on the per capita poor relief expenditure of the English south coast (Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex). BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This independent study examines the effects of the 1834 Poor Law Reform Act upon the per capita Poor Relief Expenditure of three rural counties (Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex) on the English south coast. The study aims to asses the impact of a number of different factors which can be seen to impact poor relief expenditure, such as the use of the Speenhamland outdoor poor relief system, the seasonal nature of agricultural labour and the proposed benefits of granting plots of land to rural labourers and the presence of cottage industries to provide employment opportunities for the women and children of such areas. To conclude it is found that although the 1834 Reform Act helped to drastically reduce per capita poor relief expenditure, it was unable to effectively combat and dispose of the practice of outdoor relief. It is argued that this was due to the ideological stance of the Poor Law Commissioners to see outdoor relief as a cause of pauperism rather than regarding pauperism as a cause of outdoor relief.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/219

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