1905–1911 Royal Commission on the Poor Law
The next four years were crucial for the Webbs. Beatrice’s role as Royal Commissioner had far-reaching results. As a consequence of her research into the workings of the 1834 Poor Law the Webbs formulated a radical scheme for the provision of a comprehensive system of welfare services. The subsequent rejection of their Minority Report persuaded them to launch a campaign in favour of their proposals. The failure of this campaign forced Beatrice and Sidney to reappraise their political allegiances and to conclude that their future lay in the Labour Party.
KeywordsDepression Toll Cholera Haldane Typhus
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