PhD Thesis title: The Twentieth Century Poor Law in the Midlands and Wales, c. 1900-1930
This project examines the nature of the poor law during the twentieth century. With a particular interest in outdoor relief provision, it explores how the poor law functioned ‘on the ground’ on a day-to-day basis. Taking a number of poor law unions as case studies from across the Midlands and Wales, it traces how aspects of local poor law policy changed over time and between regions. It also considers the impact of wider developments on local welfare policy, such as the First World War, the industrial unrest of the 1920s and liberal reforms such as the old age pension.