‘Unmarried Wives’ in War and Peace
12 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012
Date Written: March 27, 2012
Between 1914 and 1927 certain benefits – first war pensions and then unemployment benefits – were provided for the benefit of cohabiting women. Exploring this apparent anomaly reveals the lack of any coherent policy towards cohabitants and the importance of terminology in securing reform – after all, the deserving ‘housekeeper’ caring for children remained entitled to benefits. The legacy of this can still be seen in today’s patchwork of legal rights.
Keywords: family law, child law, unemployment benefits, cohabiting, reform
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