Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun[mass noun] historical
Financial assistance given to the poor from state or local community funds.
- Reform of local authorities and poor relief regimes belonged in a continuous process of revision and reassessment that had proceeded throughout the eighteenth century.
- The mass of the population fell back onto a second option, the charity of religious bodies, or onto a third option, the poor relief provided by local communities.
- In the Middle Ages, the Christian Church provided not only access to supernatural power but also civil administration, education, poor relief, and social discipline.
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