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FOR GENERAL DISTRESS RELIEF FUND DECISION I I IMPORTANT CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN SAVOR OF SWANSEA AND GENTRAL OFFICE NU-MBER Oil WARD COMMITTEES I A further meeting of the Executive l Committee in connection with the Prince of Wales' Fund was held at the Guildhall, Swansea, on Wednesday afternoon, when the Mayor, Alderman T. T. Corker, pre- sided over a gathering noticably smaller than usual. As time went on. however, the attendance increased ap- preciably. Miss Dillwyn explained that, though she had been elected to serve on the Caetle Ward Committee she regretted she would be unable to attend the even- ing meetings or the committee, and it was decided that Mr. Arthur Andrews should take her place, whilst Mr. John Wil- liams should sit on the Landore com- mittee, vice Mr. Andrews. Position of the Executive. I Mr. Hughes said that last week lists were presented to the authorities of c?ses where relief was necessary. There was. however, no response, and he should like to get an explanation. I The Mayor said that, after the last meeting of the executive committee, a communication was received by the Town I Clerk from the Central Committee, which precluded U^m (the Mayor) using any of I the money collected in the town for local 1 distress. It was to be used exclusively for the dependents of sailors and soldiers. Therefore, having no local fund to draw upon, he thought it best to leave matters as they were until the meeting that day. He, however, wrote to the Central Com- mittee telling them he was rather sur- prised at their communication, and that the matter would be placed before the executive committee that day. The Town Clerk had heard again on Wednesday morning, and their letter, he believed, gave the committee power to see to local distress in the future. Acute Distress 7" to be Relieved. The Town Clerk said that the terms of the resolution were that the Mayor was to relieve cases of acute distress. His (the Town Clerk's) instructions were that cases of acute distress were to be re- lieved, but he had had sent in many long lists, which were reaily not records of what might be termed acute cases within the meaning of the resolution. Mr. Hughes said that as a matter of fact the lists that were sent in were I never examined; they could not get any- one- to see into them. With all due re- spect to the Executive Committee, he I would point out that the cases presented were examined for three hours in some committees, and "vera red uced to a mini- mum before they were presented. The matter then dropped. Number of Members on the Committe. The Rev. Penar Griffiths asked what I was the exact position with regard to the number of members allocated to each of the Ward Committees. To the t., John's Ward Committee fifteen were elected, exclusive of a representative of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Society. While the Ward Committee were discussing on Tuesday night they were informed by Councillor Howells that the fifteen mem- bers should be inclusive of a member of the oldwrs" and Sailors' Society. That of course embarrassed the committee, as it meant that someone would have to I' resign. The Mayor said that the j-esoluti&n of the Executive Committee was .that each ward should con&itute fifteen members, i and no more. If it was desired to alter I tha t tate of affairs notice of motion should be given. The Rev. the Hon. Talbot Rice asked: whether or not each ward was entitled i io--elect fifteen members itself? The Executive, he thought, then had power to elpettlirep additional representatives, iihd onfe representative of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Sofciety. (No, no). The Mayor .-aid that the position was that up to the present each ward com- mittee wa.s supposed to be composed of 15 I members. One of these was supposed to be a member of the Sailors' and Soldiers' I Familip, Association. The executive then appointed three additional members. ilrs. li. D. Williams said that the trouble was that each ward committee had been elected before it was understood that one of the 15 members should be a mem- ber of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Society. The Town Clerk said that if they gave a notice of nnrion to alter the number, it would mean that he would have to alter everything all round, and it, wrii*-d mean going over all the heavy work again. ) The Mayor pointnd out that they would have representatives on the Sol- diers' and Sailors' Association, as the Chairman of Ward Committee i would be a member. j Ffynone Ward Chairmanship. i It.a.s stated that Mr. Yaughan Ed- wards had been appointed Chairman of th° Ffynone Ward Committee. The Town Clerk said that, owing to the care with which he was glad to ;ay relief was administered in the Borough Treasurer's Office, a flagrant case of f.al¡::e: prtences had heen detected, and the offender was brought before the nagis- trates and fined £.5, or one month in de- fault. I Tt was stated that the offender was de- tected by one of the working class, and the Mayor said they had received every assistance from the Labour Party sinoe the committee was formed. I Correspondence of Local Government I Board. The Tows Clerk read some correspon- dence .J;.}) had passed between the Mayor and the Local Government Board on the question of the National Relief Fund- The Mayor, in his first letter stated that Swansea during the past few -tatp,,i tliat a d a weeks hod suffered from acute cligtres,3 and he had carried out a system of I temporary relief by rli,tributir,- E The recipients included dependents and, wives of the sailors and soldiers called up on active service. The local fund had reached nearly £ a,00fl, and he would be I glad to receive for the Central Fund the amount he had expended. I The reply from, the National relief; Fund was that general arrangements had been made with the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families' Associations to give relief in all cases of distress amongst dependents of soldiers and sailors, including Terri- torials in districts in which they had local arrangements made to undertake (Proceeding. )

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