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were several pieces of legislation created to
provide relief to the poor, but only two made
any real impact upon the lives of the poor.
1601 Poor Law Act gave local parishes the
responsibility of providing for their poor.
The parish was also able to claim assistance
to enable them to fulfil their duty of poor
relief. The poor relief was given out the poor
in their homes, they were still able to remain
at home and attempt to gain employment.
1834 Poor Law Amendment Act was a complete turn
around, and a shock to those who had been
quite happy with the 1601 Act. The act
required the amalgamation of local parishes
into larger poor law unions. These unions were
then responsible for the construction and
running of their workhouse.
of the Workhouse continued...