The usual meeting of the Benevolent Trustees, held this afternoon, was attended by Messrs P. Miller (chairman), C. Allan, R. Wilson, R. Watson, Jas. Green, and J. Swan. accounts. Accounts amounting to £431 2s lid were passed for payment. MONTHLY RETURN. The monthly return of outdoor relief c.tses was laid on the table. The Dumber of case* dealt with was 437, representing 185 men, 327 women, and 637 children, the weekly cost being £ll7 7s 6d. During the corresponding month last year 490 cases were dealt with, representing 205 men, 373 women, and 903 child»eu. the weekly cost being £14517s 6d.
The following letter was received from the chief clerk of the Department nf Labor, Wellington:—"The ' Otago Daily Times' of Thursday, September 23, contains a local in which a Mr Green said that 'men were sent away up country, and even as far as Napier, and were supposed to be earning current wages, yet they failed to send money for the support of their wives and families who were left behind.' I have to inform your Board that Mr Green niust-.be misinformed, because all men sent to Government works have to sign an order by which their wives can draw half of their pay during their absence. lam writing to our agent, Mr Farnie, on the subject, and will ask him to see you about it. I do not like the opinions expressed by your members to go forth as correct, as it is a condition of employment that this order for half pay must be eiven." Mr Green said it was a pity the department Would not see to it that their regulations were carried out. In making the statement referred to in the letter he had simply repeated what had been said over and over again by applicants for relief. The chairman, at the last meeting, in referring to the matter, said he had made inquiries from the officers of the Government departments, and their replies had borne out the statement he (Mr Green) had made—that the rezulation was there, but in many cases it was left in abeyance. What he objected to was that •the regulation, which was a good one, was not •given effect to, and that husbands who were setting good wages did not support their families. He was speaking within his own knowledge in saying that many of thoso who contribute "towards the charitable aid fund, which they as Trustees dispensed, had not as much coming in to themselves as many of those on Government ■works had, and whose families received charitable aid. It was a bad state of affairs, and the regulation should be given effect to, so that men on relief works might be compelled, whether they wished it or not, to give so much towards the maintenance of their wives and families. The Secretary said that Mr Solomon had instructed him to write calling the attention of the chief clerk of the Labor Department to the letter he (Mr Solomon) had written to the Minister of Education on the subject. '. Mr Swan said that the Government should make provision sp that the wife could draw part of the husband's earnings. By this means the danger of the wives and families of men on relief works receiving no benefit from tuch works would be Kreifcly lessened.
The ChairmiN stated that in the letter sent by Mr Solomon the whole matter had been gone into, and the suggestions he had made practically embodied what Mr Swan had said. After some further discussion the letter was received, and the reply which had been sent was approved. THE NEW LAUNDRY. The architect's certificate for £l5O as a progress payment towards the laundry was passed, and the secretary authorised to make application to the Charitable Aid Board for the amount.
EELIEK CASES. .Forty-nine relief ease 3 were then dealt with
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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 10438, 6 October 1897
BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES. Evening Star, Issue 10438, 6 October 1897
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