Farewell to the Welfare State


Archive film showing threats to the welfare state in the 1980s

SKU: 2984
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Year Produced: 1986
Running time: 55 minutes
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We tend to assume that the reduction of the welfare state started just a few years ago, yet this film says otherwise!  Made almost 30 years ago, it examines the history of the Welfare State, starting with the poverty of the 30s, focusing on the 1940s and the 1980s and highlighting the political, social and economic forces which undermined it at that time. Archive material shows just how poor the nation’s health was before the introduction of the N.H.S. and asked if we were returning in that direction.  Beveridge and Keynes tried to show that there is a better alternative.  An interesting comparison with the situation today.

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