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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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On the Parish?

Steve Hindle (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores how quickly formal welfare provision spread across rural England in the years after the Elizabethan statutes. It then discusses the mechanics of collection in those parishes where assessments, rates, and pensions were introduced, before moving on to investigate the nature and scale of parish provision, and especially the balance between cash pensions, payments in kind, and occasional relief. The chapter also considers the possibility that there was a distinctive ecology of poor relief, in which the nature of the problem of poverty, and of the responses adopted to ameliorate it, varied across different social and economic settings.

Keywords:   England, parish relief, medical care, rent, fuel, clothing, welfare provision, poor

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