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1

Religious reasons for poverty?

The reformation left church employs without work
Closure of monasteries

2

Agriculture and poverty?

Bad harvests between 1594-1598
Led to starvation
Inflation- increased food prices
Enclosure- landlords keeping their sheep on land rather then grow crops
Not enough jobs

3

Population increase and poverty?

Population went from 2.8 million to 4 million

4

Attitudes towards the poor?

Many believed they should help
Almshouses were established
Many nobles believed they were better then the poor

5

Who were the undeserving poor?

Beggars who had no interest in honest work
A book published to label all poor as lazy and criminals was published in 1567

6

What did the idle poor do?

Clapper dudgeon wild cut him self and tie dirty bandages around the wounds to gain sympathy

7

Early attempts to deal with poverty

From 1495
Beggars were punished
They were whipped

8

Poor law?

Passed in 1601
Stated that wealthy should pay tax
Poor people should be given work

Many people believe it didn’t really make a difference

9

What were the 3 groups the poor were spilt into?

The helpless poor- sick or old
The able bodied poor- fit enough to work
The idle poor- punished and sent to house of correction