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Definition of Less-eligibility

Less-eligibility Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
A concept established by the government of England in 1830 that created guidelines for assistance to the disadvantaged; any assistance given to these people must be lower than the lowest wage given to any working person.
Less-eligibility Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Less eligibility was a British government policy passed into law in the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834. It stated that conditions in workhouses had to be worse than conditions available outside so that there was a deterrence to claiming poor relief. In reality this meant that an individual had to be destitute in order to quality for poor relief.

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