Historical Who is Who
1879 – 1963
POLITICS, SOCIAL SCIENCE
Economist with special interest in unemployment and social insurance. His work at Toynbee Hall in London’s East End exposed him to the challenges of urban poverty and reinforced his commitment to social justice. His skills as a communicator were honed in journalism and his academic prowess recognised by his directorship of the London School of Economics and presidency of an Oxford college. During World War II he chaired the government’s interdepartmental committee and gave his name to the Beveridge Report challenging the five evils: Want, (poverty); Disease (health); Ignorance (education); Squalor (housing); and Idleness (employment). Here was the basis of the all-inclusive National Health Service.
Sir William Beveridge talks to Pathe Gazette (3 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2DhvTCuK_s