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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/PC/CHA
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1897-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 7.1 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The term 'public control', as used in the Council's organisation, embraced various services of a regulative character, mostly exercised by some form of licensing control. Largely unobtrusive in their operation, and producing no spectacular effects, they were all carried out in the public interest and, in some respects, for the protection of the public or certain sections of it.

Their administration was conditioned by trends in the legislative provisions under which they were operated, by shifts and changes in social usages, and by the development of the Council's policies towards the matters to which they related.

War charities and charities for the blind were not allowed to make any appeal to the public for donations or subscriptions in money or in kind unless they were registered by a local authority. The requirement to register was extended in 1948 to all charities for disabled persons. Registered charities had to comply with certain statutory provisions designed to promote good management.

In 1963 there were registered with the Council 87 war charities and 103 charities for the disabled. Some were small charities operating in a particular district of London, others were large national organisations whose administrative offices happened to be in London.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Public Control Department relating to the registration of charities, 1897-1965, including general files on the War Charities Act, 1916; charities for the blind; the Blind Persons Act, 1920; the Departmental Committee on Collecting Charities, 1925 and Collecting Charities (Regulation) Bill, 1929; charities previously administered by Boards of Guardians and Metropolitan Asylums Board; War Charities Act, 1940 and the National Assistance Act, 1948.

Schemes for the administration of charities approved by the Charity Commissioners, including reports made to the Charity Commissioners; 'A Digest of Endowed Charities in the Administrative County of London made by the Charity Commission', printed by order of the House of Commons, and copies of Sealed Schemes made by the Charity Commissioners.

Registers of charities under the War Charities Act, 1916; Blind Persons Act, 1920 and War Charities Act, 1940. Also files of correspondence between the LCC and the Charity Commissioners relating to non-educational endowed charities.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/PC/CHA/01: General; LCC/PC/CHA/02: Schemes for administration approved by the Charity Commissioners; LCC/PC/CHA/03: Registers; LCC/PC/CHA/04: War charities.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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