Charging the rates

Wages were reviewed in the light of new conditions.

1st July 1919

Your Committee have considered the reference to them of the Local Government Board’s circular letter as to the Treasury’s revised scale of War Bonuses for Civil Servants which they have authorised for Officers’ salaries generally.

They are unable to recommend that the revised scale of bonuses be adopted in its entirety for all officers of the Board generally.

They recommend that the Deputy Clerk’s Bonus be increased by the sum of £5 per annum as regards the Board of Guardians.

Your Committee have considered the salaries of the Indoor Officers and recommend as follows:

That, subject to sanction of the Local Government Board, the salaries of the Master and Matron be increased by the sum of £20 each with War Bonuses as at present.

That the salary of the Head Nurse be increased from £45 per annum to £50 and a further increase of £5 from 1st April, 1920, the War Bonus to be on the existing scale.

That the salaries of the Assistant Nurses be increased as follows:

Nurse Webb, from £30 to £35,
Nurse Leache, from £25 to £27,

The War Bonuses to remain at the existing amounts.

That the salaries of the Cook be increased from £30 to £36 per annum, the Industrial Trainer from £25 to £27 per annum, the Workhouse Porter from 35/- to 27/6 per week, the temporary Assistant Matron from 7/6- to 10/- per week, the War Bonuses to remain at the existing amounts.

All the foregoing increases to take effect as from the 1st April, 1919…

Your Committee have also considered the application of Dr Joy for a superannuation allowance in respect of his services and for the addition of a number of years to the number of years he has actually served.

As regards the latter proposal, your Committee regret that they are unable to recommend the Board to charge the rates with the extra expenditure which would be incurred by such addition of years.

Bradfield Board of Guardians: Finance Committee report (G/B1/39)

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A sale of effects at the Military Hospital

War hospitals were closing.

Tuesday, the 10th day of June, 1919

HOUSE COMMITTEE

SALE AT BASINGSTOKE MILITARY HOSPITAL

The Master reported that there would shortly be a sale of effects at the Military Hospital at Basingstoke, and on the proposition of the Rev. A H Caldicott, seconded by the Rev. Sir J Key it was resolved:

That the Master and Matron be authorised to attend the sale and purchase any articles which they might deem expedient.

JUNIOR ASSISTANT NURSE

The Master reported that he had received a personal application for the post of Junior Assistant Nurse from Gertrude Roff of Sandford, Oxon. The Master explained that Mrs Roff desired a post in this district, so as to be near her husband, who was a patient in the Ashurst Military Hospital, and on the proposition of the Rev. A H Caldicott, seconded by Mr Hunt it was resolved:

That it be a recommendation to the Board:

That Mrs G Roff be appointed Junior Assistant Nurse at a salary of £20 per annum, plus an allowance of £4 per annum for uniform, with War Bonus at current rates, and that the appointment be for one month on probation.

REPORT OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE

On the proposition of the Rev. A H Caldicott, seconded by Mr A D Wells it was resolved:

That the appointment of Gertrude Roff to the post of Junior Assistant Nurse for one month on probation be confirmed.

Minutes of Wallingford Board of Guardians (G/W1/36)

Separation allowance for a wife in the asylum

A soldier had difficulties paying for the keep of his mentally ill wife.

10th June 1919

Charles Hicks of Appleton is interviewed by the board with reference by him of the sum of £43.13.10 due to the Guardians for the maintenance of his wife in the Asylum whilst he was away from home on active service, as during a part of the time was being so maintained no Separation Allowance was paid by the Army Authorities, and he asked to have the amount incurred during this period £17.3.2 remitted. And it was resolved that the payment of the £17.3.2 be suspended pending an application to be made by him to the Army Paymaster for payment of the amount and the Clerk is instructed to give him any help he may require in making the application and Mr. Hicks agreed to pay the sum of £26.10.7 the cost of his wife’s maintenance in the Asylum for the period during which Separation Allowance was paid.

The following letters were read and ordered to be filed for future reference namely:-

1. From the Local Government Board…(b) enclosing amended scale of war bonuses recently authorised by the Treasury for permanent Civil Servants

Minutes of Abingdon Board of Guardians (G/A1/33)

Abnormal conditions

Wallingford Board of Guardians was reluctant to go along with pay rises for all.

Tuesday, the 20th May 1919

WAR BONUSES

Your Committee went very carefully into the question of War Bonuses which ought to be allotted to the Officials of this Board.

A letter from the Local Government Board was read stating that in accordance with an award of the Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Government Employees dated the 31st day of March, 1919, the Treasury have recently authorised for permanent Civil Servants a new scale of War Bonus, and Dr Addison suggests that Local Authorities might think it well to take this new permanent scale for guidance for fixing or amending War Bonuses for their Employees. It was pointed out in the letter that the Award does not extend to Officers receiving rations, but that in the case of rationed Officers of Local Authorities payments might be made at a lower rate to meet the special circumstances of the case. This letter pointed out that in the case of any difference arising between the Local Authorities and their Officers, the matter in dispute should be submitted to the Chief Independent Commissioners Dept, Ministry of Labour.

A further letter was read from the Conciliation Council for Poor Law Services, which was signed by Mr Herbert Davey, secretary of the Poor Law Unions Association, and Mr John Simons, Secretary, Poor Law Officers Association, which embodied the following resolution. – This Council recommends all Boards of Guardians who have not already done so, to obtain a scale of War Bonuses authorised by the Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Civil Servants, in full for non-resident whole time Officers, and 50 per cent of such scale for resident Officers.
The scales in question, as far as they relate to this Board, are 24/- per week for non-resident permanent Officers plus the equivalent of 10 per cent of their ordinary remuneration, and for resident and rationed Officers, men 12/- per week plus 20 per cent of their ordinary remuneration, and £20 a year for women plus 10 per cent of their ordinary remuneration…

Your Committee very carefully considered in all its bearings the question of increases, and having regard to the observations contained in the Local Government Board circular letter and … it seems there is no course open to this Board but to accept these Awards, and they therefore advise their acceptance, but the Committee wish the Board clearly to understand that the scales in question have been fixed for them and they adopt them with considerable reluctance.

The Committee also wish to draw attention to the last paragraph of the letter of the LGB which states that the increases hereby awarded are to be regarded as temporary increases intended to assist in meeting the increased cost of living owing to the War and to be recognised as due to and dependent on the existence of the abnormal conditions now prevailing.

Report of the General Purposes Committee, in minutes of Wallingford Board of Guardians (G/W1/36)

War Bonuses for doctors at home

War bonuses were still a hot issue.

24th April 1919
War Bonuses

The Clerk presented a Statement in connection with the Salaries of the three Medical Officers of the Board, and it was ultimately resolved that War Bonuses to each of the Medical Officers (Dr E Fielden, Dr Mawhood and Dr J Russell) be granted at one-third of the full Civil Service Scale, as from the 1st April 1919.

Minutes of Easthampstead Board of Guardians (G/E1/14)

A new Nurses Salaries Scheme

A nursing charity was now back to full strength, but the war had permanently inflated salaries.

6 March 1919
Nursing Staff

Miss Moxhay suggested that two members of the nursing staff who had been for some time in the service of the Institute and whose salaries were now £38 per annum in addition to a War Bonus, should receive an increased salary of £40. The matter was fully discussed and she was requested to obtain further information from Headquarters as to a new Nurses Salaries Scheme, a short notice of which had appeared in the “Times” of the previous day. She stated that she now had a full staff and that it was working quite satisfactorily.

Minutes of Queen Victoria Institute for District Nursing, Reading (D/QX23/1/2, p. 271)

Curtailing consumption to an extent which might seriously prejudice the health of the poor

Poor law officials were concerned about the potential impact of flu in the workhouse.

25th February, 1919

Your Committee received and considered a circular from the Local Government Board urging the utmost economy in the use of coal in Institutions in view of the fact that consumption should not exceed 1 ¾ tons per head per annum or a total of 170 tons on an average number of inmates of 95. The actual consumption is about 2 tons ¾ cwt per head, and the allotment from the Fuel Overseer was placed at 245 tons. Your Committee are averse to curtailing the consumption to an extent which might seriously prejudice the health of the inmates, and will forward to the Local Government Board the report asked for in the circular with their remarks thereon. They have also asked the Master to weigh out the coal used for a period of a week to check the consumption.
Report of Special Committee re Relieving Officer’s Duties, Salaries, &c.

Your Committee … have enquired into the salaries and emoluments received by the two Relieving Officers both before the War and during the period of the War until Mr Widdows was called up for service. The latter has been acquainted with the decision of the Board of Guardians with regard to his reinstatement and his duties. The Committee recommend an annual inclusive salary for such duties, viz:

As Relieving Officer, Collector, Infant Life Inspector, Vaccination Officer £148 er annum.
War Bonus at 23/- per week as prescribed by the Local Government Board’s Schedule £59.16.0
Total £207.16s.

This is the total salary from all sources, except Registration, received for 1914, plus the War Bonus.

Mr Widdows is prepared to accept the sum…

With regard to Mr Bunce, your Committee recommend that he be paid the same salary as he was receiving in 1914 and when Mr Widdows was called up for service, with the addition of the War Bonus…

Your Committee have also enquired into the engagement of Miss Cooke as Assistant Relieving Officer. Under the altered circumstances, they suggest that her retention in this office will not be necessary, and recommend that the engagement be terminated by the payment of a month’s salary in lieu of notice…

It was Resolved that Miss Cooke, the Assistant Relieving Officer, be granted a testimonial in respect of her services.

Influenza Pneumonia

The Board considered what steps to take in the event of an outbreak of Influenza in the House.

It was Resolved That the question of the arrangements to be made be left in the hands of Mr Bate, The Medical Officer and The Master, and that they be authorised to incur expenditure in the provision of a gargling solution.

The Master was directed to arrange for the segregation of any cases occurring in the House.


House Committee Report, Bradfield Board of Guardians (G/B1/38)

“As he had been demobilised, he would be glad to resume his appointment”

When soldiers got their old jobs back, that often meant someone else was displaced.

22nd January 1919

Frederick Hooper, the former Handyman & Engineer, appeared before the Board and stated that as he had been demobilised, he would be glad to resume his appointment in a month’s time at the workhouse if the terms of wages were arranged.

It was decided to pay Hooper £1.17.0 a week wages and 5/- a week War Bonus, and that notice be given Thomas Jessett, the present Handyman, to terminate his appointment in a month’s time.

Hungerford and Ramsbury Board of Guardians minutes (G/H1/40)

War bonus for workhouse staff

21 January 1919

War bonus

Relieving Officers On considering their application on according to notice it was resolved that the following bonuses be allowed in respect of the period from 1st July to 31st Dec: last to Mr Rawlins £23.18/. to Mr Bland £10.18/. and to Mr Drafter £17.8/.

Newbury Board of Guardians minutes (G/N1/39, p. 126)

A war bonus of 20% on prewar salaries

The porter at Windsor Workhouse had had his job kept open for him.

Windsor
14th January, 1919

Letter from Mr W J Wood, Porter (now on active service) read with reference to Demobilisation and his return to duty.

The Clerk reported that he had informed Mr Wood that the Guardians had by resolution decided to keep his post open for him.

Resolved that no action be taken with regard to the Temporary Officer until the date of Mr W J Wood’s return is known.

Faringdon
14th January 1919

War Bonuses

Letter from Clerk to Guardians Wallingford. His Board has adopted a scale without waiting to call the proposed conference.

It was resolved to determine the question of the bonuses to be allotted to outdoor Officers in this Union independently.

It was accordingly resolved that a war bonus of 20% on prewar salaries should be granted to all the outdoor Officers to date from the 1st October 1918.

Windsor Board of Guardians minutes (G/WI1/26); Faringdon Board of Guardians minutes (G/F1/44)

The War Bonus should be continued

Hospital staff stil benefitted from a war bonus.

10th January 1919

It was resolved that the War Bonus paid to the staff of the hospital at the rate of 10 p.c. on the salaries be continued for the current quarter, and that the further continuance be brought up for consideration quarterly in the future.

Maidenhead Cottage Hospital governors’ minutes (D/H1/1/2, p. 368)

War bonus allowed

Poor law officers were still getting war bonuses.

8th July 1919

War Bonus
Relieving Officers Resolved that the war bonus allowed to the Relieving Officers as from 1st Jan last be at the same rate as for the preceding six months, namely to Mr Rawlins £14:19:0, to Mr Bland £8:9:0 and to Mr Drafter £11:14:0 per quarter respectively.

Newbury Board of Guardians minutes (G/N1/39, p. 175)

In reference to the handing over of the Ex-Kaiser for trial

Feeling against the enemy leadership still ran high, even as people adjusted to peace.

23rd December 1918

The following letters were read and ordered to be filed for future reference:-

1. From the Local Government Board
(1) in reference to the steps to be taken for application for the release of men from the Forces
(2) as to the amounts of War Bonuses granted to the administrative technical and clerical staffs of Local Authorities and setting out copy of such bonuses now authorised for permanent Civil Servants
(3) stating that the Board would shortly forward to the Treasurer an order for the payment of the sum of 18s/3d in respect of the cost of the funeral expenses of John Meikalik
(4) in reference to special allowances at Christmas time
(5) setting out a copy of Section 10 of the War Pensions (Administrative Provisions) Act 1918 in reference to application of any part of a pension towards the relief and maintenance of a person not being his wife or child
(6) requesting that the returns of pauperism may now be sent weekly as heretofore instead of monthly during the War. Resolved that the returns be made weekly as requested by the Board.

2. from the Clerk to the Wallingford Union in reference to the grant of war bonuses and inquiring what steps the Board had taken and requesting a reply by the 10th inst. The Clerk reported that he
Had replied giving particulars of the recent grant of war bonuses by the Board to the Officers.

3. from the Clerk to the Lewisham Union setting out copy of a resolution passed by that Board in reference to the handing over of the Ex-Kaiser for trial …

Minutes of Abingdon Board of Guardians (G/A1/33)

Discharge papers produced by vagrants

Not all demobilised soldiers came home to the security of a job.

10th December 1918

Vagrants

Leter from secretary suggesting that when discharge papers are produced by a man asking for admission to the Institution or Casual ward, the Local War Pensions Committee should be communicated with.

The Clerk was instructed to ask the Matron to carry out this suggestion.

War Bonuses

Letter from the Medical Officers and Relieving Officers applying for a war bonus.

Letter from the Clerk of the Wallingford Guardians suggesting unanimity of action amongst neighbouring Guardians.

The Chairman & Clerk were instructed to meet the Chairmen & Clerks of the adjoining Unions if such a Meeting could be arranged to discuss the matter.

Faringdon Board of Guardians minutes (G/F1/44)

War bonus declined

26th November 1918

Nursing Staff

An application from Nurse Brown, a trained nurse who came on the 23rd September and who was expected to remain over the New Year, for a War Bonus was declined.

Minutes of Queen Victoria Institute for District Nursing, Reading (D/QX23/1/2)