First published in 1805, this work summarises the vast array of laws at the time on the relief of the poor in Great Britain. Split across two volumes, it not only condenses the laws themselves but also disentangles the theory and doctrine of each law and explains how the theory should have been applied in practice.
This work will be a valuable primary source for those studying 19th poor relief and welfare.
1. Of the Manner of providing for the Poor, previous to the Statute, 43 Eliz. c. 2. 2. Of the Local divisions by which the Poor are to be maintained 3. Of making, allowing, and publishing the Rate 4. Of the Time for which the Rate is to be made 5. Of the general purposes to which the Rate is to be applied 6. Of Persons and Property to be rated 7. Of real Property exempted by particular Statutes 8. Of the Rateability of Personal Property 9. Sect. I. of the Profit necessary. Sect. II. Of the Occupation necessary 10. Of rating double 11. Property, in what Place rateable 12. Of the Principles upon, and Proportions in which the Rate is to be made 13. Of Rating Parishes in Aid 14. Of levying and distraining for the Poor’s rate 15. Of ascertaining what Poor the Parish are bound to maintain 16. Of the several Kinds of Settlements, and general Rules which govern them 17. Sect. I. Of the Settlement by Marriage Sect. II. Of the Proofs 18. Of the Settlement of legitimate Children by Birth 19. Of the Settlement of illegitimate Children by Birth 20. Of Settlement by Hiring and Service 21. Of Settlement by Apprenticeship
This set of 25 volumes, originally published between 1805 and 1992, amalgamates original nineteenth-century material and more recent research and analysis on the development of social welfare in Britain and Europe. From Elizabethan poor relief, through the Poor Laws of the nineteenth-century, to the establishment of the British National Health Service in the mid twentieth-century, this set provides a comprehensive overview of the germination and establishment of modern social welfare. Although the set mainly focuses on social welfare in Britain, it also contains some work on welfare in Europe.
This set will be of keen interest to those studying the history of social welfare, social policy, poverty and class.