Does anyone know of the help available for single mothers in the 1930s Wigan? I'm told my grandmother had to take all her children to sign before getting any help.
Started: 1st Nov 2013 at 13:09
They had no help and no hope because the stinking tories were in charge as today.
Replied: 19th Nov 2013 at 06:05
Welfare state during the 1930s
In the 1920s and 1930s, Britain had a relatively advanced welfare system compared to many of the industrialised countries. In 1911, a compulsory national unemployment and health insurance scheme had been put in place by the Liberal government of Herbert Henry Asquith (see Liberal reforms). This scheme had been funded through contributions from the government, the employers and the workers. At first, the scheme only applied to certain trades but, in 1920, it was expanded to include most manual workers.
However, the scheme only paid out according to the level of contributions made rather than according to need, and was only payable for 15 weeks. Anyone unemployed for longer than that had to rely on poor law relief paid by their local authority. In effect, millions of workers who had been too poorly paid to make contributions, or who had been unemployed long term, were left destitute by the scheme. With the mass unemployment of the 1930s, contributions to the insurance scheme dried up, resulting in a funding crisis.
In August 1931, the 1911 scheme was replaced by a fully government-funded unemployment benefit system. This system, for the first time, paid out according to need rather than the level of contributions. This unemployment benefit was subject to a strict means test, and anyone applying for unemployment pay had to have an inspection by a government official to make sure that they had no hidden earnings or savings, undisclosed source(s) of income or other means of support. For many poor people, this was a humiliating experience and was much resented.
Replied: 20th Nov 2013 at 21:10
apparently my grandmother had to take all the kids to sign on when she left her husband .he had to contribute a shilling which he passed over in an office down Grimes arcade.
Replied: 24th Nov 2013 at 09:24