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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CL/WEL
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1903-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 1.33 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London County Council delegated administrative matters to its committees, both standing committees and a number of special committees appointed for specific purposes. The committees met frequently, either weekly or fortnightly, while the Council met weekly. Committee reports requiring decision by the Council were dealt with weekly, and each committee reported to the Council every 6 months. In addition the Council also had representatives on many bodies such as industrial councils, school governing bodies and charitable foundations. For the purpose of carrying out the services of the Council, the staff is organised into departments, each of which is under the responsibility of a chief officer.

The Clerk of the Council was the chief administrative officer of the Council, acting as the clerk of the Council itself as well as the various committees. Additional important duties of the Clerk's Department included the maintenance of the library for members of the Council at City Hall, the preparation of general publications and the responsibility for general work including records.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Clerk's Department relating to public assistance, social welfare and welfare committees, including papers relating to training colonies for able-bodied men including Dunton Farm and Hollesley Bay, 1929-1942; papers relating to non-residential training centres, 1903-1945; papers relating to Almoners and almoners' staff, 1930-1948; papers regarding the reorganisation of public assistance administration in local areas, 1934-1935; payment of lunacy fees to relieving officers, 1932-1934; papers relating to Mother and Baby Homes, 1951-1963; papers relating to the welfare of the blind, 1949-1964; papers relating to workshops for the blind, 1948-1965; papers relating to a car badge scheme for disabled drivers, 1961-1963; papers regarding charges for accommodation at welfare establishments, 1949-1965; papers relating to evicted, neglected or ill-treated children, 1961-1964; papers relating to homeless families, including short stay accommodation and statistics, 1953-1965; general papers on the liaison between Health and Welfare Services, 1951-1965; analysis of the effect on the Welfare Committee of the London local government reorganisation, 1957-1965; papers regarding the welfare of old people, including provision of meals, 1949-1965; papers of the Central Consultative Committee on the Welfare of Old People, 1951-1964; papers relating to refugees and others in special need, 1956-1961; papers on the registration of private welfare homes, 1949-1965; statistics relating to welfare services, 1962-1965; resettlement of tuberculous persons, 1949-1962 and papers on Reception Centres for persons without a settled way of living, 1948-1964.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

61 files: LCC/CL/WEL/01/1-61

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:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent body, the London County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also the Children's Department (LCC/CH) and the Welfare Department (LCC/WE). For more records relating to the Hollesley Bay Colony see the records of the Central Committee for the Unemployed (CUB).

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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