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I am going to assess the extent to which the Royal commission and 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act was a turning point in the provision of the welfare for the poor To begin with I am going to look at what it was like before 1834 I am going to look at the old poor law the working of the old poor law and how people were helped under it The 1601 Elizabethan Poor Law divided the poor into two groups Firstly there was the impotent poor - the sick elderly and those unable to work - who were to be helped via outdoor relief or in almshouses These people were classed as people whom would work but couldnt- the deserving poor Secondly there were a group whom were the able-bodied paupers and it was thought that these people could work but wouldnt -the undeserving poor They were severely beaten until they realized they were in the wrong Relief was given in many different ways and not all parishes had a poorhouse It soon became obvious that some parishes were more sympathetic towards the poor in certain parishes and so this caused many paupers to move from the parishes to ones in which were more generous To prevent this from happening again parliament passed the 1662 Settlement Act This said that a person had to have a settlement in order to obtain relief from a parish But these settlement laws caused problems as it hindered the free movement of labour it prevented men from leaving overpopulated parishes
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