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1949 Image of a trade union guide to NHS and NI Acts

Pamphlet to raise awareness of the government's new welfare legislation benefits.
Pamphlet to raise awareness of the government's new welfare legislation benefits.
©Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council/ TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University

The Wolverhampton and District Trades Council published this pamphlet. Before the Second World War many services were not available to ordinary people, particularly affecting the poorest in society who needed them most. In a large urban area like Wolverhampton there were many people in need, and the Trades Council (essentially representing the local trade unions) was keen to make people aware of their entitlement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions to consider

  1. According to the booklet, what services were available?
  2. Do you get the impression that the Wolverhampton Trades Council approves of the new welfare benefits?
  3. What does this source reveal about people's expectations of the welfare state?
  4. How might a Labour Party activist use this source to promote the Labour Party?

Transcript

YOUR GUIDE

Health
Security
Welfare

Facts you should know

National Insurance
Health Service
Youth Employment
Preventative Medicine
Assistance Welfare
National Assistance Act

Prepared on behalf of the Health Services Advisory Committee of Wolverhampton & District Trades Council