A hundred years on from a ground breaking investigation into unemployment, Richard Bilton turns detective and uncovers a moving story of one family's journey from grinding poverty in a York slum to undreamt of success as a Hollywood actor.
A hundred years on from a ground-breaking investigation into unemployment, Richard Bilton compares the lives of the jobless in 1910 with their modern-day counterparts. A century ago single mums lived on the brink of starvation - now our costly benefits system means that children do not go hungry. But has the welfare state created new problems? And as the government embarks on the biggest shake-up of benefits for a generation, what lessons can we learn from research into unemployment carried out a hundred years ago? Originally transmitted 29th October, 2010
This is a film of the Rowntree Dunollie Rest House in Scarborough and includes footage of the Official Opening in 1947 and the activities of the Home and residents. Those who worked for Rowntrees were also part of a community within which the welfare and interest of employees are cared for in many ways both at work and after. The company was behind the creation of local schools, sports clubs, libraries and art houses, and in 1947, a new departure a holiday home in Scarborough to provide a sanctuary for those suffering with stress and ill health.