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1

What was the Beveridge Report?

- Conducted in 1942
- Highlighted the need for social change in Britain

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What were the Five Giants Highlighted in the Beveridge Report?

1. Disease
2. Ignorance
3. Squalor
4. Idleness
5. Want

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What Act was Passed to Combat the Giant of Disease?

- National Health Service Act
- Set up by Aneurin Bevan
- Passed in 1948

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What was the National Health Act?

- Provided free healthcare universally (available to all) and comprehensively (covering all manner of health issues.)

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What Opposition Did the National Health Act Face?

- Loads of doctors + consultants didn't want to be employed by the government - consultants wanted to be private + patients to be charged
- 64% of GPs = against NHS - wanted freedom to treat patients privately
- BMA organised a fierce campaign of resistance against Bevan (minister of health)

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How did Bevan Convince Doctors to be Part of the NHS?

- Promised new hospitals + equipment (badly needed)
- Allowed doctors to treat patients privately as well as in NHS
- NHS doctors got a salary rather than to be paid per patient/treatment

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What Provisions did the NHS Supply?

- Universal access to healthcare
- Comprehensive healthcare
- Free at the point of need
- Ambulance services set up to cope with emergencies

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What were the Strengths of the National Health Service Act?

- Free medical care
- Range of services provided (e.g. GP/dentist/etc)
- Financed though taxes + national insurance
- Regional hospitals established
- Maternity care + child welfare services led to big improvements in children
- Free vaccinations reduced number of killer childhood diseases (e.g. TB/Polio/etc.)
- Life expectancy increased
- Considerably improved the lives of every person
- Seen as Crown Jewel of Welfare State

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What were the Weaknesses of the National Health Service Act?

- Opposition from BMA - government agreed to pay a fee to the doctors based on the number of patients
- Cost of scheme was huge - £400 mil in the first year
- Cost of prescriptions being issued more than doubled
- Plan to pay for the NHS from National Insurance contributions didn't work + 90% of the cost had to be paid for from ordinary taxes
- Korean War - government forced to charge for prescriptions + glasses - led to Bevan Resigning

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What Act was Passed to Combat the Giant of Igronance?

- Butler's Education Act
- Passed in 1944

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What was the Butler Education Act?

- Compulsory secondary education
- School leaving age raised to 15
- Introduction of the 11+ exams
- Ministry of Education established

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What were the Strengths of the Butler Education Act?

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What were the Weaknesses of the Butler Education Act?

- Not all authorities established a tripartite system - some areas technical schools not established because of cost
- System of selection at 11 used by local authorities based on IQ tests favoured middle classes
- Number of grammar schools places varied from one authority to another
- Secondary modern schools were not particularly successful
- System became socially divisively

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What Acts were Passed to Deal with the Giant of Want?

1. National Insurance Act - passed in 1946
2. National Assistance Act - passed in 1948

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What was the National Insurance Act?

- Extension of 1912 Act

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What was the Strengths of the National Insurance Act?

- Covered all adults
- Benefits under scheme included sickness, pensions, unemployment, maternity leave allowance + death grants

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What were the Weaknesses of the National Insurance Act?

- Cost of full implementation was large
- Left wingers said benefits weren’t enough
- Act didn’t cover all eventualities- those joining scheme for first time could not get any benefits for 10 years - had to fall back on National Assistance

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What were the Strengths of the National Assistance Act?

- Covered those that were not fully covered by National Insurance Act
- Could apply to National Assistance board for help - provided support in times of need
- Help provided general taxation + not by local authorities

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What were the Weaknesses of the National Assistance Act?

- As there were additional benefits they involved some degree of means testing

20

What Acts were Passed to Combat the Giant of Idleness?

1. Trade Dispute Act - passed in 1946
2. Industrial Injuries Act - passed in 1946

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What were the Strengths of the Trade Disputes Act?

- Made General strike illegal
-Less Strikes = More employment

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What were the Weaknesses of the Trade Disputes Act?

- Weaknened power of trade unions - unpopular with working class (labour supporters)

23

What were the Strengths of the Industrial Injuries Act?

- Insurance against industrial injury compulsory for all employees. - Industrial injury benefits were to be paid at a higher rate than for ordinary sickness.

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What were Acts Passed to Combat Squalor?

1. New Towns Act - passed in 1946
2. Housing Act - passed in 1949

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What were the New Towns Act?

- Tried to resolve the inner city problems of overcrowding by relocating people to New Towns.
- New communities built purposely to house the people from the inner cities.
- Twelve 'New Towns' were planned.
- Created towns such as Telford + Cwmbran

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What were the Strengths of the Acts to Combat Squalor

- Averaged well over 20000000 houses per year between 1945-1951
- Houses built to a higher standard

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What were the Weaknesses of the Acts Passed to Combat Squalor?

- Still not enough houses built
- Increased demand because of baby boom + increased marriages
- Many houses built pre- fan