The Poor Law Reform of 1834
The opposition to existing poor relief, increased tax burden an increasing number of the poor state appointed a Commission who conducted a detailed survey spread over 2 years.
About the administration of poor laws which made six main recommendations
- Discontinuation of Partial relief.
- Placement of all able-bodied applicant in work houses
- Grant of outdoor assistance to sick, aged, handicapped and widows with small children
- Constitution of poor law Union Bank combining some village level helping activities
- The principal of less eligibility by keeping help at the lower level in comparison to those earning their livelihood by working in the community.
- A Central Board of Guardians for the purpose of control.
On the basis of these recommendations a new legislative by the name of the “new poor law”w passed in 1834 and the expenditure on poor relief by one third. Near About 200 new work homes were established and the existing one improved. Complete family were placed in this work houses. The rules government this work houses were so Harsh that their popularity soon vanished.