The Poor Law Commissioners
The Government set up a Commission in 1832 consisting of eight commissioners headed by an Economist, Nassau Senior, to investigate the Poor Law, and whether reform was required. The report took two years to complete and most of the work was compiled by the 26 Assistant Commissioners, the most prominent being Edwin Chadwick. The majority of the 300 page report made by the Commissioners was written by Edwin Chadwick and Nassau Senior drawing on many varied sources and opinions. However, two of the well known views of the time were from Reverend Thomas Malthus and Jeremy Bentham
The Report has been criticised for not being impartial, and certainly some views were not recognised by the Commissioners, for example those of Robert Owen and Richard Cobden who were considered radicals.
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