Welfare State 1945-1950

Welfare State 1945-1950

The Welfare State is the term often used to describe the cluster of welfare reforms introduced by the Labour government after the end of the Second World War. The Acts were designed to ensure that the state looked after its citizens 'from the cradle to the grave'.

The main Acts that created the Welfare State were:

The Education Act, 1944, 'The Butler Act'. This raised the school-leaving age to 16, and restructured the school system.

The Family Allowances Act, 1945. This provided a regular payment of money to all mothers with more than one child.

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