Labour 'Changed the Face of Britain' Between the Years of 1945-51. Discuss

Decent Essays

Between 1945 and 1951 the Labour Government changed the face of Britain. Discuss.

Between the years 1945 and 1951 the entire shape of Britain's economy, society and government changed. After World War 2, Britain was left in economic and financial depression. Countries such as Japan and Germany, left in utter ruin from the war, ironically, were able to rebuild their economies faster, and better than we could improve ours. It was felt that a great change was required in Britain, and perhaps it was that feeling that led to the fall of the conservatives and the beginning of one of the greatest governments in England's history.

The Atlee government of 45-51 has perhaps been slightly overlooked due to comparisons to the war time leader- …show more content…

Atlee's Government, as well as creating change, also focused on other aspects of society he felt the labour party could improve. Acts such as the Education Act of 1944 and the Family Allowance Act of 1945, were only truly implemented under Atlee's Government despite being introduced during the war. These two laws focused on the fairness of Children's lives, compulsory and free education and payments to Mothers who could not afford to support all of their children- better known now as 'Benefits'.

These reforms were perhaps not a social revolution, as they did not seem to change things specifically, rather, improve and build on what was already in existence. People of the time, although all the more happy for it, seemed to agree that it was not a revolution. In regards to Labour 'changing the face of Britain', I think, concerning 'The Welfare State' the very fact it is still the basis , essence of our Country's policies today, and that no party has abolished nor disputed the need for it, is testament to its significance.

Labour brought about change in other areas too, such as the rather urgent and dyer issue of the economy. The key issues Labour were to introduce were Nationalisation and Keynesian economics. Labour felt is was any government's, and so their right to direct and control key aspects of Britain's

Get Access