Monday, 1 February 2010

Baron de Forest Election-the background

With the special dinner to commemorate the 1910 election soon upon us, I thought I'd continue the series of articles setting the national background. I will leave the local dimension in Michael Braham's capable hands . The dinner is to be held on 13th February at the Royal Clifton Hotel Southport. Further information and tickets from Rachel on 01704 533555

The Liberal Government of 1906 carried out a whole raft of important legislation including the creation of labour exchanges and the introduction of a system of insurance against unemployment and sickness these were important but none was more important than the introduction of Old Aged Pensions. In addition the Government came to believe that it was important to invest in the navy in response to the impressive build up of German war ships. All this cost money and Lloyd George's People's Budget was designed fund the government's programme.

I was going to spend some time trying to condense all the important features of the budget into a reasonably sized posting, when it dawned on me that Duncan Brack and his associates over at the Liberal History Group had done it already. So here is there take on the People's budget.

1909 People's Budget

The 1909 People's Budget was the Liberal Governments key weapon in instigating social reform and marked a final move away from the system of Gladstonian finance, which had seen the Liberals traditionally associated with retrenchment in government expenditure and an emphasis on self-help. With its radical plans to redistribute the burden of tax and finance social provisions, such as old age pensions, the Budget was swiftly rejected by the landed majority in the House of Lords, sparking the first constitutional crisis of the twentieth century.

You can read the rest of the article here

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