It’s hard to imagine a Britain without a welfare state. The valuable support it and the National Health Service give us is immeasurable. There are countless numbers of us that have been saved by both institutions at some point. The ability to pay for medical care and treatments and not just being simply abandoned to the streets when you can’t work or have suffered a job loss now seems to be inhumane to us all. It’s also true for the less able-bodied and elderly in society. So it’s why you’ll see plenty of Gloucester Support Worker Jobs at takefivehealthcare.co.uk/candidates/job-search/support-worker-jobs-gloucestershire as an example.
Prior to the official welfare system, there was nothing cohesive or set down. The Poor Law was the main piece of legislation, but this was mainly referring to how the Government would take responsibility for the provision of relief. They wouldn’t do anything about it, but they would at least take responsibility.
It generally fell to the local authorities to give help. This mainly meant being sent to the Workhouse where family members were divided and put to work on menial tasks for a pittance wage. They did, however, at least avoid starvation and destitution. Local Churches and Charities would also provide limited support. Instead, they relied on philanthropic advances by the aristocracy and industrialists.
The Beveridge Report was the first attempt to try and outline a national response. Despite Tory attempts to suppress it, a landslide Labour Government acted on it and established it.