Britain Transformed 1918-97 Essay: Watch

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Was the Second World War the main reason for changes in social welfare provision between 1918 and 1979? Explain your answer - 20 marks

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Well what effect did the second world war have on the economy and wider society? Did the war promote changes in, for instance, the status of women in the workplace which might have an impact on any benefits? Were any old systems and methods of providing for the poor made irrelevant or unworkable after the war ended?
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As above, plus what other reasons were there for such changes? Which reason was most important?
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I've done this!

I included Second World War, Beveridge Report, the 1918 Representation of the People Act & 1928 Parliamentary Reform Act and then the baby boom of the 1960s:')
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Does anyone have any ideas how you would answer this question -
'How far do you agree that the welfare state was increasingly challenged 1964-79 because the post-war system of welfare provision was not fit for purpose?'
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ww2= zeitgeist it transformed political will as fair shares system gave confidence that a welfare state could work but also war a driving factor as the need for support for those undeserving was changed as they became deserving example analogy of evacuation revealing the black spots of Britain holding people accountable to the state of country ww2 home front was the front line 60,000 died in German blitz built a rhetoric of we are all in this together
Ww1 para - not enough political will not as many died in this war compared to number 2 also need welfare not priority still felt that people were undeserving
Hungry 30s - people did not want to return but this didn’t change as north south divide those who weren’t affected by the depression didn’t vote for change as they couldn’t see how bad living standards got but did help as a driving factor for the need for change
Beveridge para - blue print idea of a utopia of better society people wanted to build a egalitarian society as a result of the sacrifices of war - talk about 5 giants and how most people were affected by this - also talk about sense of globalisation and competing Britain was behind
Conclusion- do a dependcy factor to access top marks it was the war that brought the change but the beveridge report gave confidence in that the change was possible
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