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Aug 1, 2008, 10:03 AM
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Post date : Aug 1, 2008, 10:03 AM
…to the Old Age Pension Act 1908, which received the Royal Assent on 1 August 1908.
Looking at some notes on the Act it seems that it came into being following reports (for and against) by parliamentary committees considering ‘the aged deserving poor’ - a quaint phrase rarely heard nowadays.
History on the net sets out the criteria fairly succinctly:
'Deserving Poor. This category was for those people who wanted to work but were unable to find suitable employment. These people were to be given help in the form of clothes, food or maybe money (Outdoor Relief). Or those who were too old, young or ill to work. These people were to be looked after in almshouses, orphanages, workhouses or hospitals. Orphans and children of the poor were to be given an apprenticeship to a tradesman (Indoor Relief).
'Undeserving Poor. Also called idle beggars or sturdy beggars, this category was for those who could work but chose not to. They were to be whipped through the town until they learnt the error of their ways.'
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