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End of the Poor Law

The Manchester Board of Guardians was dissolved on 31 March 1930, by the local Government Act, 1929 and functions were transferred to the Public Assistance Committee, later the Social Welfare Committee of Manchester.

Minutes of the Public Assistance Committee, 1930 to 1939 (4 volumes) and the Social Welfare Committee, 1937 to 1948 (7 volumes) are available at Central Library search room, please make an appointment (with at least one day notice).

The National Assistance Act 1948 and National Health Service Act 1946 came into effect from 5 July 1948 and brought the end of the Poor Law. Public Assistance Committees ceased to exist and their functions were transferred to various Government and Local Government Departments. We hold some hospital records for the city.

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