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The Beveridge Report

The Inter-Departmental Committee on Social Insurance and Allied Services, chaired by the economist Sir William Beveridge, was appointed by the coalition government in 1941 to undertake a survey of Britain's social services. The committee's report was presented to parliament in November 1942, and proposed a new type of welfare state to banish "want", provide social insurance "from cradle to grave", and ensure that the type of social deprivation seen during the pre-Second World War economic depression could not happen again. One of the key assumptions of the Report ('Assumption B') was that in the new society there would be a comprehensive national health service available to all. The Beveridge Report received widespread support, and it is seen as the foundation document for the welfare state created by the Labour government of 1945-1951.

Our digital collection contains various documents from 1942-1944 which were produced in response to the Beveridge Report. A selection of these are linked to below.