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EMPLOYMENT AND RELIEF COMMITTEE. The Rev. F. G. Gumming presided over the meeting of the Employment and Relief Committee of the Patriotic and Gone- , ral Welfare Association held yesterday I afternoon in the Town Hall. 1 The Relief Committee reported as follows ; Up to dalle 74 applications for relief were considered, and relief amounting to £125 5s was granted, while eight tons of coal had been distributed, In view of the fact that the executive recast the method of grants to this com--1 inittee, it is desired that the position be set out to date so that they may be no conflict or misunderstanding. The grants as they now stand are:—Leith walling (in conjunction with tho City Council) £3,0u0, Leith walling jin conjunction with tho University Council) £6OO, Ocean Drive (in conjunction with tho Expansion League) £1,500; total, £5,100. Un to date tho sum of £1,054 15s lOd has been expended on the works scheduled below, and a sum of £499 10s Id is payable by tho respective bodies named. Tho following works have been entered into in pursuance of the grant of £125 per (made on 14th September), and tho position of tho various works is as follows: —Portobello Road Board £l9 15s 9d. Southern Oval £37 11s, Unity Ground. (Moutecillo) £l6l 0s 6d, nursery and afforestation work £2OO Bs, road widening (Du not tar) £SO, Portobello -branch of association £sl 4s 6d; total, £589 19s 9d. This will menu that, in addition to the grants on account of the Leith walling and Ocean Drive amounting to £5,100, the committee require the sum of £589 19s 9d to complete their commitments to date, and that the grand total to date, including moneys expended, granted, and to be now ratified is : Moneys expended to date £1,054 15s lOd, loss drawbacks from various bodies £499 10s Id (£555 5s 9d), grant account Leith walling £3,600, grant account Ocean Drive £1.500. balance required to provide for commitments as per schedule ” I! ” £SBO 19 d 9d : total, £6.245 5s 6d. The Employment ('.uumittoo express (he opinion that when the works above set out are in operation the <| nest ion of unemployment will in the meantime be satisfactorily met.

In lb' 1 iiii] schedule the following works «■■■;■>■ detailed ; Porlobcllo Road Board, subsidy £ls, of which £55 has been expended; fionthorn Oval, subsidy £6O, expend eh I £l2 9s; Unity 11 round, Montccillo, subsidy £175, expended £ls 10s; nursery and afforestation work, subsidy £SOO, expended £9 12s ; road widening at Dunottar, subsidy £SO (not yet started! ; Portobello branch of the Patriotio Association, in conjunction with the Portobello Road Beard, £3l subsidy (work net yet started;. The report was adapted. lu connect ion with the work on the Leith wall, Mr London explained that this had been kept back because the City Udunctl required an indemnity from the Harbor Board in regard to possible flood- ! lug in the area, between Forth street and the sea. The difference of opinion between the two bodies in respect to terras of this indemnity is, however, likely to be adjusted at the meeting of the board to-day, and the work begun right away. The Clerk of the Portobello Road Boa' i wrote stating the hoard’s readiness to subsidise the amount oi £3O found by me Association for the continuation of the present work.—Referred to the Employment Committee. The Clerk of the Otago Heads Road Board wrote stating that the hoard had resolved to contribute £lO to the funds of the Association, and that- work could be found for a few men if the association agree to subsidise this amount.—This letter was also referred to the Employment Committee. The Town Clerk wrote stating that the Tramway Committee regret being unable to grant the request for a concession in the fares for men proceeding to. and from relief works.—After some aiscussion the letter was received, Tho Chairman reported the following list of men engaged as to-day:—Porto-bcilo Road Board, 9; Southern Oval, Unity Ground, and nursery, 18; Leith wall* (University;, 18; Technical College, 1; Ocean Drive, 20; Ocean Roach Domain Board reclamation works, 4 ; St. Ivilda Borough Council, 2; a total of 12 men. The Chairman referred to complaints that had been made that single men were being employed to the exclusion of married men on relief works. He mentioned this matter because it reflected upon himtell’ as chairman. He had asked the secretary to prepare a report un the subject. Tills report showed that of the 72 men employed only two were single men, ana one of the.-'? single men had a father who had gone to the Benevolent Institution, and the molber had broken down in health, and this young man was working in the interests of his invalid mother. The other case was that of a young man who had three sisters, two of whom were invalids. He thought that these two cases were certainly deserving of the attention paid them by tho committee. (Hear, hear, and applause.) This matter brought them to the point as to whether tho committee should I not take some steps to impress upon single I men the necessity of looking for work in tho country. No doubt the publicity given to the question in the Press would tend to dispose of the wrong impression that was held regarding the committee finding work for anvone who oamo looking for a job. One of the conditions attachi.ig to 1 some of the works subsidised was that only married men should be employee!, Mr Axelsen endorsed the remarks of the chairman. Mr T. Somerville said that tho Rev. Mr | Camming had carried out his many onerous ; duties in a highly capable manner. There I was plenty of work for young men in the I country. i Mr 13. Kcllott rofened to the refusal of ' the Minister of Defence (Mr Allen) to have a troopship fitted up at Port Chalmers, giving as nis reason that there were no unemployed in Otago Tho fact of the matter was that there were unemployed , here, but because they had registered with ' the Unemployment and Relief Committee I instead of with tho Labor Department no 1 official cognisance was taken of them. Mr M. M'Allen said tho Government were not doing their duty. Married -men were continually coming to him requesting am advance of their railway faro to jobs given by tho Government in the country The Government were doing absolutely nothing to relievo distreea. Tire Government should provide work for single men j in the country.

—Schedule A.— 3 ta ii A Cits - Council— Chisholm Park £'73\ 29 Southern Ova! f; 1 £27) .€3T) N'ur.-ei'v 19 I Uuitv Crum;;! 91 * Cemeters- road 286 145 940 Domnin Board diaifwages onlv) 26 — 26 Technical College (full TOtp) Portohello Road Board. 26 — 26 (half-anhsids - ) 110 55 55 St. Kildn Borough Council 11 4 0 I/ith wall, Uuivor.di y 96 65 48 Green Island Borough Council 16 8 8 £1,054 £499 £555

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PATRIOTIC AND WELFARE ASSOCIATION, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914

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