As regards this a change has come, which separates the economics of this generation from the economics of the past; but it seems to me not have penetrated the Poor Law literature yet ... While the problem of 1834 was the problem of pauperism, the problem of 1893 the problem of poverty; that a man ought not to be allowed to live in a bad home, that extreme poverty ought to be regarded, not indeed as a crime, but as a thing so detrimental to the State that it should not be endured (RC.Aged Poor, Q.10272, 10358).
Class and Poverty:
[...] whether it is necessary that there should be any so-called lower classes at all --- that is, whether there need be large numbers of people doomed from their birth to hard work in order to provide for others the requisites of a refined and cultured life, while they themselves are prevented by their poverty and toil from having any share or part in that life (Political Edonomy).
[Helen Bosanquet wrote, answering to the above passage, the lowest paid workers were employed on goods on the poor, such as cheap clothes, not on luxury articles for the rich (Strength of the People, 70-71).]
His view of COS:
Alfred Marshall, in his ecidence before the Royal Commission on the Aged Poor, said that it was 'necessarily oligarchic', Its members 'have taken upon themselves one of the most important functions that the State can have; and yet they belong to the old world, in this way, that their basis consists exclusively of those people who used to be the governing classes but who are not the governing class now' (RC.Aged Poor, Min.of Ev., Q.10210).