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In 1952 a group of elderly people enjoy pocket skittles at The Vigo Inn in Wrotham, Kent.
In 1952 a group of elderly people enjoy pocket skittles at The Vigo Inn in Wrotham, Kent.
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In 1948, the National Assistance Act founded the National Assistance Board, which was responsible for public assistance. Derived from national insurance contributions, the Board established means-tested supplements for the uninsured.

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Further reading

  • Land, A., Lowe, R. & Whiteside, N., The Development of the Welfare State 1939-1951 A Guide to Document in the Public Record Office (London: HMSO, 1992)
  • Bridgen, P. & Lowe, R., Welfare Policy under the Conservatives 1951-1964 A Guide to Documents in the Public Record Office (Kew: Public Record Office, 1998)
  • Glennerster, H., British Social Policy since 1945 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995)
  • Lowe, R., The Welfare State in Britain since 1945 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993)
  • Timmins, N., The Five Giants (London: HarperCollins, 1995)