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The 1848 Public Health Act was ineffective largely because it was permissive It was generally ignored and its advice was not taken The permissiveness of the act was not the only reason why it was ineffective Many other factors contributed to its failing The permissiveness of the act is evident from the fact that it was only going to be used for five years This was clearly not enough time to make the changes necessary and improve the public health of working class By making the act compulsory for five years it made it seem to the public that the government were doing something when they werent The act was still permissive Many towns saw the permissive nature of the act as a reason for not implementing it Large cities bypassed the act by getting private acts of parliament to carry out of their own improvements However not every city did this so many of them were avoiding public health reform altogether The Times said in a memorable passageit would rather take its chance of cholera than be forced into good health by new Public Health Board This clearly shows that many people were aware of the inadequacies of the act and realised that the act would benefit few people The terms in the act which stated when it should it be implemented and under what circumstances were ineffective andunworkable For the act to be applied 10 of ratepayers had to apply for the act to be adopted It was considered a great expense for them and they generally lived in adequate housing and had a healthy water supply They did not want to pay for the improvement of living conditions and water supplies because it didnt effect them There disregard for the poor was one of the main reasons why the act was ineffective The act was only compulsory when the death rate was 23 in 1000 This an excessively
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