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people saw this as southern interference.
Overall I do agree that the Royal Commission's Report and the Poor Law Amendment Act that followed it, 'contained weaknesses that severely limited their usefulness in dealing with poverty. It clearly failed to reduce the overall level of poverty and adversely affected some of the poorer sections of society. In particular it had a disproportionate effect upon the North as industrialisation continued to develop. I believe that the largest and most significant weakness shown by the Act was the Commission's inability to identify the problems caused by cyclical and frictional unemployment