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Personal social services

Winson Green Hospital in Birmingham was built in 1847 and was designed to accommodate 800 people with psychiatric needs. In 1953, it housed 1,200 patients.
Winson Green Hospital in Birmingham was built in 1847 and was designed to accommodate 800 people with psychiatric needs. In 1953, it housed 1,200 patients.
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'Personal social services' describes a range of services provided by local authorities for a number of vulnerable groups, including the mentally and physically disabled, older people and neglected children.

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Further reading

  • Bridgen, P. & Lowe, R., Welfare Policy under the Conservatives 1951-1964 A Guide to Documents in the Public Record Office (London:Public Record Office, 1998)
  • Lowe, R., The welfare state in Britain since 1945 (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999)
  • Jones, M. & Lowe, R., From Beveridge to Blair: The First Fifty Years of Britain's Welfare State 1948-98 (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2002)