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Liberal Welfare Reforms 1906-11 : Critics
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When the Liberals introduced their welfare reforms there were many critics. Some were unhappy at the way government was interfering in the lives of ordinary people. Others objected to the cost of the reforms. Many people simply felt that the reforms would not work.
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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 examine the motives of the people who criticised the reforms.
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1. Cartoon on the 1909 Budget

* 2. Cartoon on the 1909 Budget
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3. Cartoon on National Insurance, 1911

* 4. Lloyd George on National Insurance, 1911
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5. Letter on National Insurance for servants, 1911

* 6. British Medical Association letter, 1912
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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 people criticised the Liberal reforms and whether they were justified. These sources will be useful mainly for the 'Attack' files, but there may be some useful material for the other files 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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Don't forget - if there are words or phrases in the sources which you cannot understand, try the glossary.
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