Politics

The 1911 National Insurance Act

While watching the second episode of Dr. Pamela Cox’s BBC documentary, Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs, I was struck by yet another instance of similarity between today and the Edwardian era. I blogged a bit about Lloyd George and his controversial “People’s Budget“, and the push for national insurance was a part …

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Politics Women

Women’s Government Work

Though women did not receive the vote and were not permitted to stand for Parliament until 1918, laws were passed prior to this, which increased the role women played in their local government. In 1869, the Municipal Franchise Act gave unmarried women ratepayers the vote in council elections, thereby restoring the right lost to them …

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