1563 Act For the Relief of the Poor

The 1563 Act for the Relief of the Poor[1] is a law passed in England under Queen Elizabeth I.[2] It is a part of the Tudor Poor Laws.

It extended the Poor Act of 1555. It further provided that those who refused, after exhortation by the bishop, to contribute to poor relief could be bound over to the Justice of the Peace and assessed fines.[3]


  1. ^ Schoolfield, Brenda Thompson (2006). "For the Better Relief of the Poor of this Parish": Public Poor Relief in Eighteenth Century Charles Town, South Carolina. ProQuest. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-542-86524-4.
  2. ^ 5 Eliz. I c. 3
  3. ^ Paul Slack, The English Poor Law 1531-1782 60