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CARMARTHEN BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The f orrniglrJy meeting of the Carmarthen Board of Guardians was held in the >11 Saturday. Mr J. Lioyd Tho-uas, vice-chair- man, p esiding. cl* RELIEF. Per the four relieving officers for the 10th week, C140 10? 51 to 1,251 paupers, as against IE148 9s Id to 1,357 paupers in the correspond- ingjjeriod last year. 11th week, £ 139 9s Od to 1,250 paupers, as against £ 144 18s Gel to 1,348 paupers, boing a decrease on the fortnight of £13 83 2d and 204 paupers. THE COUNTY COUNCIL TAKEN TO TASK. Two letters were read, one from the chairman and the other from the clerk to the Carmarthen- shire County Council, referring to remarks made by the clerk to the guardians (Mr R Browne) at the last meeting of the Board. The remarks were to this effect We (guardians) get nothing from them (County Councilt, and I yet they are always calling upon us for funds. Although, Mr Chairman, you are a member of rhe County Council, I cannot help stating that that body manages its finances very badly." The chairman of the County Council (Mr W. O. Brigstocke) wrote strongly protesting against these remarks, and explaining that the reason why no payment has been yet made to the Union is because the Local Government grant has not yet been received, nor will it be before February. Neither in Pembrokeshire nor Cardiganshire has any payment been made.The clerk to the Council (Mr T. Jones, Llandovery) wrote simply inquiring whether Mr Browne had been cor- rectly reported, and Mr Br iwne told the Board he was g-iing to reply, admitting the accuracy of the report. Mr Browne, addressing the guardians in reply to Mr Brigstocke's letter, said he had good grounds for the remarks he made on the 19th ult. The County Council had not yet paid the guardians a penny of the 1891 grant. There was a sum of £ 1,100 odd due to the Board in March last, and none of that had been received by the Union. Other sums, bringing the total up to 21,95.5, had become due since, and all were still owing. There was a sum of 913 6s 8d due in March, 1890, which was not paid till November 30th, 1891. On the other hand, although the County Council did not pay the money due from them, they were pretty constant in their demands upon the guardians. In August last they made a call on the Carmarthen Union for tl,250 8s 4d, and in October following for E624 4s 2d more. Those calls had been paid, and now another call for E703 Is 6d was due in January. The guardians made repeated appli- lications for the £ 13 6s 8d, but were never told that it was not paid because the Council had not received the money. The guardians had claimed the other sums due to them, but the delay of payment was never explained. He (the clerk) never heard of the reason mentioned by the chairman till he saw the chairman's letter. He did not allege extravagance against the County Council, but he complained of the delay in making payments, and thought that in that respect they managed their finances very badly. —The matter then dropped. The following is a copy of the reply sent to Mr T. Jones, clerk of the County Council, by Mr Browne :— 4th January, 1892. Dear Sir,—I beg to acknowledge the receipt of yonr letter of the lat inst., and perhaps I may also 3. knowledge the receipt of a letter of the 30th ult. from Mr Brigatocke, the chairman of the County Council, to Mr Evans, the chairman of this Board, on the same subject. I may say that the extract from the report of the meeting of the guardians of the 19th ult. enclosed in your letter is substan- tially correct, and, although my remarks were not made with the object of censuring the County Council, but for the purpose of explaining to my Board the reason of the fluctuation in the Bank balances, I consider that I had substantial grounds for making the statement, which I regret has aroused the susceptibilities of the authorities of the County Council. On the 23rd day of May last a claim for XI, 162 due to this Union from the County Council on the 25th Marlh last was sent you, and on the 4th and 9th November last the following claims were also sent :—Claims for lunatics, jE659 school fees for workhouse children, to Lady Day, 1891, 8s 5d; ditto to Michaelmas, 1891. £ 2 138 8d; registrars of births, £ 18; indus- trial trainer, .£13 6s 8d medical officers of health and inspectors of nuisances to Lady Day, 1891 £ 54 17s 6d; ditto to Michaelmas, 1891, .£54 17a 6d; under Section 26, as above, £ 1162, making a total of £1,960 3s 9d, not one farthing of which has this Board yet received from the County Council while, on the other hind, this Union has received from the County Council the following precepts:— June, 1891, 91,250 8s 4d; September, 1891, £ 625 4s 2d; December, 1891, X703 Is 6d, making a total of Y,2,578 14s, of which £1.875 12s 6d has already been paid, and the last precept for JB703 Is 6d becomes due on the 16th inst., so that, unless this Union receives a payment from the County Council b-fore the latter date, it will actually have paid the precepts of 1891, amounting to £ 2,578 14s, without having received one farthing of the monies owing dnring that year from the County Council. I submit, therefore, that in the face of these facta, 1 had good grounds for saying that "we get nothing from them, and yet they are always calling upon us for funds." Of course, I know nothing personally of the details of the County Finanee, and was unaware until the perusal of the chairman's letter above mentioned that the delay in paying the subsidies was due to the non-receipt of the Local Govern- ment grants. It would, however, be of great con- venience to me, and I think also to the other clerks of guardians if the County Council would make arrangements to pay the subsidies and also issue their precepts at certain specified times, so that we might be able to adjust our estimates for rates accordingly. Before the existing order of things, when the Quarter Sessions and the Local Government Board ruled, we looked forward to receiving (and generally received) precepts from the Sessions every quarter, and we received the subsidies from the Local Government Board at regular intervals, and the actual dates of payment seldom fluctuated above a week or so. As it is, there have been, during the year 1891, three precepts in the latter half of it, and not one in the first half.—I am, dear Sir, yours faithfully, ROWLAND BROWNE, clerk to the guardians of the Carmarthen Union. P.S.—As the reporters will see the other letters they may as well see this.