Poor Law (Scotland) Act 1845

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The Poor Law (Scotland) Act 1845 was an Act of Parliament that reformed the Poor Law system of Scotland.[1]

Main provisions[edit]

  • The creation of a Board of Supervision to regulate the Poor Law system.
  • A retention of the parish-based system through Parochial Boards
  • Powers for the Parochial Boards to raise taxes
  • Poor relief could continue to be in the form of outdoor relief, poorhouses could be built to aid the sick
  • Parishes should join together to build poorhouses
  • An Inspector of the Poor decided whether applications for poor relief were legitimate

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Higginbotham, Peter, "The Workhouse in Scotland", workhouse.org.uk, archived from the original on 31 January 2015, retrieved 31 January 2015