Poor Law Officers' Journal

The Poor Law Officers' Journal was a journal published in England and Wales which kept Poor Law Officials up to date with changes in the laws relating to Poor Law administration. The journal was set up in Rochdale, a large market town in Greater Manchester, and published from 1892 to 1929.[1] It changed its name to the Public Assistance Journal and Health & Hospital Review which became the Health Service Journal in 1986.

Poor Law Officers' Journal
DisciplineEnglish Poor Laws
Publication details
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Poor Law Off.' J.

The Editors of the Journal produced a number of guidebooks:[2]

  • Law Relating to the Relief of the Poor (1924)
  • The Poor-Law Institutions Order, 1913, and the Poor-Law Institutions (Nursing) Order, 1913, Together with the Local Government Board's Circular Letter Thereon
  • Provisional Proposals Of Minister Of Health For Poor-Law Reform Together With The Maclean Report (1924)
  • Law Relating to the Relief of the Poor (1924)
  • The Government Bill To Consolidate The Enactment Relating To The Relief Of The Poor In England And Wales (undated)
  • The Local Government Act 1929


  1. Poor Law Unions. The Poor Law: Government Reforms from 20 1906 Archived 2009-05-04 at the Wayback Machine at institutions.org.uk.
  2. "the editors of the poor law officers' journal". Abe Books. Retrieved 15 December 2013.

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