Labour Rate

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The Labour Rate was a system of poor relief (outdoor relief), used in England from 1832 to 1834,[1] where workers were paid at a given rate. If this was not met then the rest had to be made up by the parish's poor relief.[2] It was authorised by the Agricultural Labourers Act 1832, and adopted in about 1 in 5 parishes until it was replaced by the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834.

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  1. ^ "The Speenhamland System", The Victorian Web, accessed 2009-06-07
  2. ^ "Labour Rate", Hansard, 30 April 1834 vol.23 cc.307-12