Contrast, Contradiction and Change Britain 1906-1918 link to Learning Curve home page
Achievements of Liberal Reforms: Old People
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* Extract from a government document explaining how people qualified for Old Age Pensions
(PRO ref: AST 15/2)
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* PRO ref: AST 15/2; memo on Old Age Pensions Act, 1908 *
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You need to study the source carefully before you decide whether it supports or contradicts any of the reasons in the Big Question.
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* What kind of people qualified for the pension? *
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* The weekly pension for a single person was 5 shillings. Does this seem like a lot? *
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* What do you think of the age limit? *
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* Does it surprise you that most pensioners who qualified were delighted with the pensions? *
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* Do you think the restrictions on people receiving pensions were fair? *
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