How successful were the Liberal reforms?



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How successful were the Liberal reforms?

The Liberal reforms were:




The Liberal reforms were:






  • The Liberals had no overall plan for social reform, therefore the reforms were patchy.

  • Many of the working classes thought that the Liberal reforms were ‘middle-class interference’ (e.g. NI).

  • Big problems, such as inadequate housing, healthcare for all and education for all had not been dealt with.

  • Most of the Liberal reforms were selective and not universal.

  • Only extreme poverty had been addressed.

  • The Poor Law and workhouses still existed.

  • Many of the Liberal reforms were voluntary (e.g. school meals until 1914) and not compulsory.

  • Benefit levels were ungenerous (e.g. pensions and NI)

  • The Liberals did not manage to ‘fight off’ the Labour Party. The idea of ‘social reform as an antidote to socialism’ did not work, as this was the last Liberal Government.






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