Changing Lives

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Iain Stewart

Tender
1999

When Labour beat the Conservatives in the 1945 elections, it promised a sweeping program of social reforms. Radical changes included the nationalisation of major industries and utilities and the creation of the modern Welfare State. In 1948, the National Health Service was founded as a uniform national structure that was funded entirely through central taxes. However, after the recession of the 1970s the principles of the Welfare State began to be rethought. Soaring costs, particularly in the NHS, led to controversial changes such as the introduction of managers in the 1980s and the creation of independent care trusts in the 1990s. Yet financial pressures remain and so, 60 years after its formation, the debate about the future of Britain’s cherished welfare system is still ongoing.

  • Credits Purchased 2000
  • Medium 12 colour prints
  • Size Each: 91.40 x 91.40 cm
© Iain Stewart