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Inter-war unemployment insurance

In the 1930s, Lady Clough Anson ran a canteen for unemployed workers at Waterloo Road in London.
In the 1930s, Lady Clough Anson ran a canteen for unemployed workers at Waterloo Road in London.
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Much of the period between the post-war economic slump and the early 1930s was marked by high unemployment. As governments economised, conditions under which the unemployed claimed benefits changed.

Search using National Economy Bill Poor Law authorities Blanesburgh Committee Unemployment Assistance Board

Further reading

  • Digby, A., British Welfare Policy From Workhouse to Workfare (London: Faber, 1989)
  • Deacon, A., In Search of the Scrounger: the Administration on Unemployment Insurance in Britain, 1920-1931. (London: G. Bell, 1976)
  • Gilbert, B., British Social Policy, 1914-1939 (London: Batsford, 1970)
  • Gilbert, B., The evolution of national insurance in Great Britain : the origins of the welfare state (London: Michael Joseph, 1966)