Welfare history

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David Watt (Perspective, 7 May) is not alone in wrongly crediting the foundations of the welfare state and National Insurance to the Labour government in 1948. It was the Campbell-Banner-man/Asquith governments from 1906 to 1914, and specifically Lloyd George and Churchill, who did so, with their work expanded by Neville Chamberlain in the 1930s.

John Birkett

St Andrews

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