National Assistance Act 1948

National Assistance Act 1948

The National Assistance Act 1948 was an Act of Parliament passed in the United Kingdom by the Labour government of Clement Attlee.



It formally abolished the Poor Law system which had existed since the reign of Elizabeth I,[1] and established a social safety-net for those who didn’t pay National Insurance contributions (such as the homeless, the physically handicapped, and unmarried mothers) and were therefore left uncovered by the National Insurance Act 1946 and the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1946. It also provided help to elderly Britons who required supplementary benefits to make a subsistence living[2] and also put an obligation on local authorities to provide suitable accommodation for those who through infirmity, age, or any other reason were in need of care and attention not otherwise available.[3]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Mastering Economic and Social History by David Taylor
  3. ^ Social Services: Made Simple by Tony Byrne, BA, BSc(Econ.), and Colin F. Padfield, LLB, DPA(Lond)

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