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Who started the welfare state in the UK?

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2007-10-04 14:14:57

The Liberal government of 1906-14 established a kind of 'poor

person's welfare state'. Provision was wretched (for example, a

weekly pension of five shillings for the over-70s) and very patchy.

Welfare was expanded in the inter-war period, partly as a result of

the Great Depression. It is Attlee's government of 1945-51 that it

usually credited with the foundation of the modern welfare


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