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Liberal Welfare Reforms 1906-11 : Working People
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Working People *
Case Study*Working People
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The Liberals introduced many reforms which helped ordinary working people. The most important was the National Insurance Act of 1911. National Insurance Act Part 1 dealt mainly with health care for sick workers. Part 2 dealt mainly with helping workers who were unemployed.
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In this case study you are going to study a number of sources from the time. These sources will help you to decide whether you think the Liberals' actions to help working people were major achievements or not.
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1. Poster on National Insurance, 1911

* 2. National Health Insurance contributions card
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3. Meeting of Lloyd George and Friendly Societies

* 4. Footballers and National Insurance, 1912
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5. Ironmoulders and National Insurance, 1913

* 6. Employers and National Insurance, 1911
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7. Extracts from the 'Labour Gazette', 1913

* 8. The 'Labour Gazette' on Labour Exchanges, 1913
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You can use these case study sources in two ways:
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* All of the sources in this case study have been chosen to help you decide whether or not you think the National Insurance Acts had much effect on working people. These sources will be useful mainly for the 'Achievements' and 'Awkward' files, but there may be some useful material for the 'Attack' file as well. *
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* Study each source carefully - use the questions to help you get the most from the source. *
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* Choose sources which contain points Lloyd George can make from this source about Liberal achievements *
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* Use the worksheet to make a note of sections he could quote in his speech. *
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* If you want to get some practice on examination type questions, just click on the Practice Questions button

Don't forget - if there are words or phrases in the sources which you cannot understand, try the glossary.
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