THE POOR LAW
The cost of out-relief in England and Wales for 1923-24 was £14,664,802, of which £7,202,970 was paid to persons normally employed. This relief is merely a small help to persons in distress. The expenditure on out-relief varied from 52s. 10 1/2d. per head in Poplar to 55.2d. at Burnley. Thus the breakdown of the industrial system threw the burden upon the rate-payers.
When the Labour policy of preventing unemployment can be put into operation, the resort to the Poor Law will become unnecessary. At present we must use this means of obtaining relief for distress.
Why Have the Poor Law?
The same relief could be afforded without resort to Guardians and without the stigma of pauperism. We must demand for the unemployed the right to support without any dependence on charity. Those in need should be helped diredly by the local Council. The Poor Law simply duplicates and complicates the granting of support for the unemployed. But only Labour will stand for the abolition of the old system.
If you want to decrease the burden on the rates which is due to unemployment, attack unemployment not the expenditure