Adapted from the Report of the Poor Law Commissioners, 1838 by Marjie Bloy Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, National University of Singapore. The Poor Law Commissioners were eager to show that the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reduced the poor rates; this document is part of one of their reports and demonstrates how much money was saved. The condition of the agricultural labourers, who lived in dire poverty, appears to be irrelevant.

UNIONS
Population
in 1831
Average
Expenditure

Expenditure on the Poor,
Year ending
25 March 1838
Amount of
Decrease

Alnwick

17,263

6,888

6,452

436

Belford

6,422

2,326

1,994

332

Bellingham

6,530

3,195

2,619

576

Berwick

28,782

8,442

6,861

1581

Castle Ward

15,539

5,754

4,672

1,082

Glendale

13,856

5,683

4,367

1,316

Haltwhistle

5,634

1,977

1,576

401

Hexham

27,271

8,832

7,912

920

Morpeth

14,340

5,329

4,874

455

Newcastle

54,991

15,049

13,953

1,096

Rothbury

7,715

3,689

3,305

384

Tynemouth

47,715

13,140

11,787

1,353


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