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Liberal Welfare Reforms 1906-11 : Old People
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Soon after they came to power, the Liberals introduced a wide range of welfare reforms. In 1908 they introduced Old Age Pensions. At the time this was a radical step.
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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 why the Liberals thought* measures were needed to help and protect old people.
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1. 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' extract

* 2. How government could spend money, cartoon
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3. Extract on the need for Old Age Pensions, 1906

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4. Extract on the need for Old Age Pensions, 1906

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5. Secret discussion on Old Age Pensions, 1908

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Source 5

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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 why the Liberals brought in measures to help old people. If you are tackling the Big Question Part 1 you should: *
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* Study each source carefully - use the questions to help you get the most from the source. *
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* Look at the list of possible reasons in Part 1 of the Big Question. *
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* Decide which reasons are supported or contradicted by the source. *
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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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