New Panel Doctor.The Hated Act Mocks The Poverty Of Our Poorer Citizen, Robs Him Of His Liberty, Then Spits In His Face. P.S.- Put this Cartoon, if possible, in a window, so as to get all to insist on the compulsory Insurance humbug being at once ended, and, as a stern warning, never to vote for any lawyer as M.P., no matter what he promises.
Lithograph poster, sheet 320 x 380mm. 12½ x 15". Folds as usual, some creasing and soiling, tears to extemities.
A satirical poster attacking the National Insurance Act of 1911, with letterpress to verso. The Act is often regarded as one of the foundations of modern social welfare in the United Kingdom and forms part of the wider social welfare reforms of the Liberal Government of 1906-1914. The Act provided for a National Insurance scheme with provision for time-limited unemployment and medical benefits. The scheme was to be based on actuarial principles and it was planned that it would be funded by a fixed amount each from workers, employers and the government. The scheme was restricted to particular industries and made no provision for dependants. By 1913 2.3 million were insured under the scheme. Employee contributions to the scheme were to be compulsory and taken by the employer before the workers salary was paid. Sections of the Conservative party opposed the Act considering that it was not for taxpayers to pay for such benefits. Some trade unions who operated their own insurance schemes and friendly societies were also opposed. The text to verso includes an appeal to "Save the Friendly Societies". The then Chancellor of the Exchequer David Lloyd George (1863 – 1945) comes under personal attack. The Act was important as it removed the need for unemployed workers, who were insured under the scheme, to rely on the stigmatised social welfare provisions of the Poor Law. This led to the end of the primacy of the Poor Law as a social welfare provider.
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