English Poor Law Policy and the Crusade Against Outrelief

  title={English Poor Law Policy and the Crusade Against Outrelief},
  author={M. L. Mackinnon},
  • M. L. Mackinnon
  • Published 1987
  • Economics
  • This article examines the Crusade against outrelief to determine why poor law unions endorsed it. Although initiated by the central government, the Crusade could reduce union costs because very few of those denied outrelief would enter the workhouse. As the tax burden on wealthier and more influential ratepayers rose, guardians had more interest in cutting expenditure. An increase in effective rateable value permitted improvement of workhouse facilities and the restriction of outrelief, even to… CONTINUE READING

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