The 1722 Poor Relief Act

The Poor Relief Act of 1722-3 An Act for amending the Laws relating to the Settlement, Imployment, and Relief of the Poor is sometimes known as Knatchbull's Act, after its sponsor Sir Edward Knatchbull. It is often also referred to as the Workhouse Test Act because it embodied the principle that the prospect of workhouse should act as a deterrent and that relief should only be available to those who were desperate enough to accept its regime.

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