The Labour government of 1945 aimed to support people ‘from the cradle to the grave’. This meant that the government aimed to support everyone at all parts of their lives. However many of the areas they worked on were outlined in the Beveridge report: want, idleness, squalor, ignorance, disease. Beveridge was a Liberal who only wanted to create a safety net and not to do everything for everyone. This essay will argue that actually the Labour government was effective at creating a cradle- to the grave Welfare State even if there were some gaps.
Labour did not deal with ignorance effectively
1944 Education Act
For example they only built 250 secondary schools. 900 primaries, more university
This was successful because many more went to school due to compulsory secondary education. However since they only built 250 not everyone would have been able to go to one. Also it set up a separate system for rich and poor since most of the poor went to Secondary Moderns or Junior Secondaries and didn’t have good technical education.