An Introduction to the Voluntary Sector by Justin Smith

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The Report recommended a scheme of voluntary aid committees to work alongside the public relief agencies. The Minority Report, written by Beatrice Webb and George Lansbury, rejected the call for such committees and argued instead for a radical new relationship between the state and the voluntary sector. This report, the ideas of which were developed further by the Webbs in 1912, argued that in place of the separate spheres model there should be a relationship based on the model of an extension ladder.

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They had become much less involved with social activities, and dominated instead by matters of insurance. Local control had largely passed to national affiliated bodies, mirroring the centralising developments which were taking place during this period in the philanthropic voluntary associations. The societies were coming under increasing attack for being unable (and unwilling) to provide insurance for members in old age. The last decades of the nineteenth century saw a public debate around the issue of a statutory national pensions scheme.

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