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FAMILY ALLOWANCES

LUXURY EXPENDITURES O.C. KAITAIA, Thursday. Criticising the operation of Social Security family allowance payments, especially among the Maori population in the Far North, the Bay of Islands sub-provincial executive of the Farmers' Union carried a remit advocating administration of these funds and the institution of a coupon system for necessities. A tendency deplored by the older generation was the expenditure by some families of at least half family allowance funds on luxuries, said Mr. A. W. Masters. Cases of families applying for charitable aid on the grounds that the family allowance was insufficient were quoted by a hospital board member, Mr. T. S. Houston. Many of these people were continually in debt for food supplies, he said, yet there was evidence of considerable drinking in the same households, j Condemnation of the manner m which family allowances were effecting primary production was expressed in a further remit from Kawakawa which also was approved. Mr. F. C. B. Gillet said there were numerous instances where dairy factory suppliers, particularly Maoris, had decreased their butterfat output in order to retain the family, allowance. Appointment, of responsible inspecting officers, he believed, would be well repaid by the increased production which would result. .

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FAMILY ALLOWANCES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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FAMILY ALLOWANCES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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