Poor Law (Scotland) Act 1845

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

Main provisions

  • 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


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

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