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The Special Committee appointed by the City Council to consider the provisions of the proposed Hospitals and Charitable Aid Bill have prepared the following report, which will be submitted at to-morrow night's meeting of the Council Your Committee beg to report that they have made a careful examination of each clause of the proposed Hospitals and Charitable Aid Bill, and compared it with the existing legislative enactment. Yoar Committee are of opinion that a considerable amount of extra work will bo thrown upon the Council by this measure, and large additions will inevitably require to be made to the clerical staff. Yoar Committee see clearly that the Bill, by relieving the Government from paying a proportion of the amount spent in providing outdoor relief to aged, sick, and afflicted peisons, and to widows, deserted wives, and children, will compel the Council either to lessen by two-thirds such allowance for this purpose, as is made by the Benevolent Institution, or to discontinue outdoor relief entirely—each causing great distress—or to levy additional rates to the extent of almost L 2,000 per annum, which at the present time would be most undesirable, if not impracticable. Your Committee observe that the Council and the contributing bodies will, under this Pill, be called upon to pay towards the support of children m the Industrial School about L 1,500 per annum, whilst they will not be allowed any voice in the management of that institution—a state of matters which should not exist. Your Committee consider that, financially, the hospital will bo a great loser by the proposed arrangement, as tho amount payable by the Government on the hospital account will be materially lessened by the new principle on which hospital subsidies are payable, unless the deficit is made goed by the Council and contributing bodies. Your Committee fail to see any advantage in throwing the workperforraed by the Charitable Aid Board, the Hospital Board, the Hospital Trustees, the Benevolent Institution Trustees, and the Refuge Committee upon the Council, as there is no reason to suppose, eo far as your Committee are aware, that these institutions are not at present judiciously and economically conducted. Your Committee are of opinion that the opening of refuges, to which at present drunkards, idlers, and tramps msy bo committed, is simply the establishment of a new and expensive department from which no miterid advantage will be gained. Your Committee, having carefully considered the Pill in

all its beatings, recommend the Council to telegraph to, the Government and the City members that the Council strongly object to the Bill becoming law.

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THE CHARITABLE AID BILL., Issue 7954, 9 July 1889

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THE CHARITABLE AID BILL. Issue 7954, 9 July 1889

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