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BEVERIDGE, William Henry, 1879-1963, 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal, economist: Family Allowance Papers


Reference code(s): GB 0097 COLL MISC 0009

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: BEVERIDGE, William Henry, 1879-1963, 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal, economist: Family Allowance Papers

Date(s): 1924-1930

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: One volume

Name of creator(s): Beveridge | William Henry | 1879-1963 | 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal | economist


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Beveridge, 1879-1963: William Beveridge was educated at Charterhouse and Balliol College, Oxford. He was sub-warden of Toynbee Hall 1903-1905, and leader-writer on "social problems" for the "Morning Post" 1906-1908. From 1905 to 1908 Beveridge was a member of the Central (Unemployed) Body for London, and was also the first Chairman of the Employment Exchanges Committee. He was a member of the Board of Trade 1908-1916 and Director of Labour Exchanges 1909-1916. During World War I he was Assistant General Secretary of the Ministry of Munitions (1915 - 1916) and Second Secretary in the Ministry of Food (1916-1918). In 1919 Beveridge became Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Food. In the same year he was knighted. He then retired from the civil service and was appointed director of the London School of Economics (1919-1937). He then moved on to be Master of University College, Oxford (1937-1944). During World War II he was Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Labour (1940) and was Chairman of the Social Service Inquiry (1941-1942) he produced "Social Insurance and Allied Services", a report prepared for government which proposed a social system "from the cradle to the grave" for British citizens. This report became known as the "Beveridge Report" and became the blueprint for the welfare-state legislation of 1944-1948. Beveridge was Liberal MP for Berwick on Tweed 1944-1945, and was made 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal in 1946.
His publications include: Unemployment: A problem of industry (1909); Prices and Wages in England from the Twelfth to the Nineteenth Century (1939); Social Insurance and Allied Services (1942) (Beveridge Report); Full Employment in a Free Society (1944); The Economics of Full Employment (1944); Report on the Methods of Social Advance (1948); Voluntary Action (1948); A Defence of Free Learning (1959).


Scope and content/abstract:

One volume containing papers of William Beveridge relating to the family allowance, including correspondence with Eleanor Rathbone (1872-1946) and the Family Endowment Society.


Language/scripts of material: English

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One bound volume

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Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 8, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: 8 May 2002; revised 8 May 2002

Poor | Disadvantaged groups
Poverty | Social problems
Poverty alleviation | Income distribution | Income and wealth
Social security | Social services
Standard of living | Living conditions | Economic conditions

Personal names
Beveridge | William Henry | 1879-1963 | 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggall | economist x Beveridge of Tuggall | 1st Baron
Rathbone | Eleanor Florence | 1872-1946 | independent MP and social reformer

Corporate names
Family Endowment Society