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On the Parish?The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England c.1550-1750$
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Steve Hindle

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271320

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271320.001.0001

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Conclusion The Changing Experience of Poor Relief

Conclusion The Changing Experience of Poor Relief

(p.450) Conclusion The Changing Experience of Poor Relief
On the Parish?

Steve Hindle (Contributor Webpage)

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Looking at the experience of parish relief shared by a tiny minority shows only a small fragment of the changing nature of poor relief as a whole, and the majority of those who were in need moved at the margins of a system in which notions of entitlement were both under-developed and contested. In reconstructing the workings of that system, the evidence presented in this book provides an invaluable historical perspective for debates about the rights and obligations of the poor in 21st-century society, where the piecemeal dismantling of the welfare state implies that there is likely to be, once again, no right to relief from cradle to grave.

Keywords:   parish relief, poor, pensions, ratepayers, charity, welfare

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