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WELFARE DEPARTMENT: ASSESSMENT SECTION

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/WE/A
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Full title: WELFARE DEPARTMENT: ASSESSMENT SECTION
Date(s): 1921-1964
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3.25 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1948 the poor law, after an existence of almost 350 years, was abolished. Those among the poor whose financial needs were not met by national insurance were given material help by the National Assistance Board. Local authorities were delegated some responsibilities by the Board, for example the provision of reception centres for the temporary accommodation of vagrants and persons without a settled way of life. In addition the National Assistance Act, 1948, required local authorities to make residential provision for the blind, disabled, elderly and infirm. However, under the Act these services were not to be provided free as a kind of official charity. Persons receiving help were to pay according to their means, even if their means were no more than a retirement pension. The Council's responsibilities in all this related therefore to the provision of establishments of various kinds. At the end of the Second World War there were public assistance institutions (formerly the old workhouses), casual wards (where tramps were put up for the night), three lodging houses, and, left over from wartime activities, the rest centres and rest homes. The Welfare Department was responsible for the organisation and management of the various residential homes, temporary homes and institutions for the assistance of the poor.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Case papers from the London County Council Welfare Department Assessment Section, 1921-1964. The case files include people who left LCC institutions such as mothers and babies, the blind and the disabled; people who were transferred to out of county institutions and elderly destitute persons who died intestate or who had no heirs, whose effects were kept in the Assessment section until claimed or disposed of. Please note that files may be closed for Data Protection purposes.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

Case files arranged alphabetically.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent body, the London County Council. Additional accession of case files received in 1955 (AC/55/078, AC/55/095).

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Publication note:

For further information on the history of the LCC please see "Achievement: A Short History of the London County Council" by W Eric Jackson (1965), LMA Library reference 18.0 1965, "The London County Council 1938", LMA Library reference 18.7 SER 4, and "The Youngest County: A description of London as a county and its public services", 1951, LMA Library reference 18.0 1951.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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