Workhouse

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WORKHOUSE. A prison where prisoners are kept in employment; a penitentiary. A house provided where the poor are taken care of, and kept in employment.

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Honest poor married fathers, whose wives and children were seen as innocent sufferers, posed a problem to poor law authorities bound by the deterrent aims of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act designed to punish the poor for their unemployment.
This study draws on archival material such as inquiries conducted by poor law inspectors in Britain during the period.
Day by day getting poor law and order condition is forcing investors to star away from Pakistan.
What is most often overlooked is that this hated and feared poor law also gave the destitute a legal right to claim poor relief.
The fact is, however, that Dickens meant for Oliver Twist to be taken very seriously, a novel that addressed several important matters of his day: child labor, anti-Semitism, the criminal underworld, and, especially, the poor law and workhouses.
Originally written as First Impressions in 1796 and 1797, Pride and Prejudice suggests that the author was in favor of two controversial economic proposals being debated in the House of Commons and in the press at the time, a national minimum wage and an expansion of the existing Poor Law benefits.
Poverty, Gender, and Life-Cycle under the English Poor Law, 1760-1834.
Green, Pauper Capital: London and the Poor Law, 1790-1870 (Burlington: Ashgate 2010)
Soskic termed the bill a 'poor law that would have severe consequences for the financial stability and credibility of the state.'
It benefited from the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, which created elected Poor Law Guardians to run the workhouses, and the 1835 Municipal Corporations Act which set up the modern elected bodies which ran the cities and allowed the massive growth of civic pride.
What he didn't mention was her establishing, with her husband Sidney, the magazine the New Statesman that still flourishes today and perhaps her most famous contribution - the Minority Report to the Poor Law Commission in 1909.
The ruinous effects of the amended poor law have figured largely in popular memory and scholarly analysis of the famine.