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The Beveridge Report On Social Insurance

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The Beveridge report was announced in 1942 by William Beveridge who was a British economist and social reformer. In 1942 William Beveridge was given a task of directing a government report on Social Insurance and Allied Services. The beverage report was designed to provide a full system of social insurance ‘from cradle to the grave’. It was also planned that all people should pay a weekly support to the state. He came out with the Beveridge report which is properly named as A Report on Social Insurance and Allied Services. It was introduced in order to tackle the five giants of economic hardships Want, ignorance, idleness, squalor and disease Want- poverty was the key to social problem which affected everyone. However in 1946 the National Insurance Act was introduced in order to provide comprehensive insurance. It provided unemployment benefits, retirement pension and widow, maternity benefits. Ignorance– this was introduced to provide free education for children up to the age of 15. Idleness- It was introduced to maintain high levels of employment after war. William Beveridge understood that poverty and unemployment were linked to a lack of information which hindered people in finding work. Squalor- this was a system of dropping slum areas and overcrowding areas during war. The government aimed to build 200,000 houses a year New Towns Act (1946). Disease- the NHS was announced for British citizens to get medical, dental and optical services for free. Nevertheless the
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