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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): MCC/CL/WE
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1939-1965
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5.13 linear metres
Name of creator(s): MCC | Middlesex County Council x Middlesex County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The National Health Service Act, 1948, transferred the County Council's responsibility for the provision of a countywide hospital service to the new regional hospital boards. The Act came into force in July 1948. In the same month the National Assistance Act was enforced and transferred the responsibility of the County Councils for relieving financial distress to the National Assistance Board. Thus a new Welfare Department was set up as successor to the Public Assistance Department. The first meeting of the Welfare Committee took place on 5 July 1948.

Under Part III of the National Assistance Act the Welfare Department had the following functions:
1 Provision of residential accommodation for the aged and infirm
2 Provision of temporary accommodation for the homeless
3 Promotion of the welfare of people with disabilities such as blindness;
and under Part IV of the Act:
4 Administration of the registration of all homes for the elderly and disabled and responsibility to ensure the homes were suitably maintained
5 Registration of charities for the disabled
6 Provision of temporary protection of moveable property of certain persons

The following areas were used to administer these responsibilities within Middlesex:
Area 1: Enfield, Edmonton
Area 2: Southgate, Wood Green, Potters Bar, Friern Barnet
Area 3: Tottenham, Hornsey
Area 4: Hendon, Finchley
Area 5: Harrow
Area 6: Wembley, Willesden
Area 7: Ealing, Acton
Area 8: Uxbridge, Rusilip-Northwood, Hayes and Harlington, Yiewsley and West Drayton
Area 9: Brentford and Chiswick, Southall, Heston and Isleworth
Area 10: Twickenham, Staines, Feltham, Sunbury on Thames

On 1 April 1965 on the abolition of the Middlesex County Council the functions of the Welfare Department were transferred to the newly established London Boroughs.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Middlesex County Council Clerk's Department relating to the Welfare Department, 1939-1965, including general files relating to a variety of topics including Medical Officers inspections, care for the deaf, care for the blind, care of the physically disabled, homeless families, problem families, special equipment, provision of residential accommodation, nursing homes, registration of disabled and old people's homes, personnel problems, conferences and papers relating to individual care homes and institutions.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MCC/CL/WE/01-02: General

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 to these records rests with the Corporation of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent authority, the Middlesex County Council, and with successor authorities.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For more papers relating to social welfare see MCC/CL/L/WE and MCC/WE/BL-PA.

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the Middlesex County Council please see Middlesex by Sir Clifford Radcliffe (2 editions, 1939 and 1953), LMA Library reference 97.09 MID; and The County Council of the Administrative County of Middlesex: 76 years of local government, 1 April 1889 to 31 March 1965, by Middlesex County Council (1965), LMA library reference S97.09 MID.

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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