Pensioners protesting, 1938.

Roper, Frederick G

Pensioners protesting, 1938.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


A photograph of a group of elderly men protesting for a higher pension, taken by Roper for the Daily Herald newspaper on 23 November, 1938. Standing in the porch of St Paul's Cathedral in London, the men wear sandwich boards demanding a pension increase by one pound a week. The first general old age pension paid by the government in Britain began in 1908. By 1925, the state pension was ten shillings (50p) a week from age 65. A basic flat-rate pension only became available to everyone in Britain with the National Insurance Act of 1946.

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© Daily Herald Archive / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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