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The Second Freedom follows Jack Brown as he goes through life, and explores the various benefits he may receive as a result of National Insurance.
'The biography of 'Mrs. Brown's Boy Jack' shows how the British system of Social Assurance affects the lives of working people. His mother receives pre-natal and maternity benefits; the vast machinery of Social Assurance works for him from infancy to old age. He is entitled to numerous benefits, including unemployment insurance and workmen's compensation'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43)
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