“There is a very great difference between the cases of men who have earned promotion abroad and of men who have been promoted when merely engaged in semi-civilian work at home”

The County Council Finance and General Purposes Committee report of 22 July 1916 dealt with the Council’s continuing financial support for employees who had joined up.

WAR ALLOWANCES

Promotion money

Your committee recommend that as regards Non-commissioned Officers and Privates who obtained promotion (other than promotion in Commissioned rank) prior to 6 November, 1915 … they shall continue to receive the full benefit of such promotions [in the added allowance made by BCC]; and that all other cases be dealt with on their merits. The Committee feel that there is a very great difference between the cases of men who have earned promotion abroad and of men who have been promoted when merely engaged in semi-civilian work at home. There are cases also of men who obtained Commissions shortly after enlistment, which equitably might not perhaps be considered cases of promotion….

Separation allowances

Your committee recommend that full separation allowances be deducted except in the cases of men who, having enlisted between 15 May and 6 November, 1915, may be considered by the Local Government Board … to have been induced to enlist by the resolution of the Council of 15 May 1915. In these cases, it is recommended that only half separation allowances be deducted, but where men have married after enlistment and subsequent to 15 May, 1915, full separation allowance be deducted….

No employee who joined prior to 9 November, 1915, shall in any case receive less in allowances, plus Naval or Military pay, plus family or separation allowances than than his civil pay prior to enlistment.
The Committee have been informed that there are a number of men marrying after enlistment who have not informed the Treasurer of the fact, and have been receiving the full County allowances without deduction of separation allowances. It is recommended that the necessary adjustments be made from future payments, if any; and that all payments hitherto made under such circumstances be ratified.

In the case of employees who die or have died on active service, leaving a wife or other dependants, the committee recommend that they be authorised to continue the payment of the dependants’ allowances for such period, not exceeding three months in all, as the circumstances of each particular case may require….

BCC Finance and General Purposes Committee report (C/CL/C1/1/19)

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