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t SiECON JUMRSUNS. Fridav. Present Mr. Owen Price (chairman), Miss Adelaide Williams, Miss Philip Morgan, the Revs. T. Griffiths, R. Meredith J enkins, A. Gamons Williams, D. H. Picton, and A. E. Evans, Messrs. Juo. Jones (Lianfihaugei-Nant- bran), Jenkin Williams, W. Morgan (Llanfrynach), Evan Jones, Tom Morgan, Jno. Jones (Battle), G. P. Jones, T. R. Williams, Rees Williams, T. Daniels, and Jno. Jones (Llnndefalle), with the clerk (Mr. M. F. Thomas) and other officials. INMATES AND VAGHANTS INCREASED. The statistics produced showed that 'during the past month 84 vagrants were relieved, an increase of 40 on the corres-1 ponding period of last year, and that on the 5th inst. there were 45 inmates of I the workhouse, an increase of seven com- pared with last year. LLANI'KRAN ASSISTANT OVERSEER. The Clerk read a letter from Llanfigan Parish Council intimating that they had appointed Mr. Thomas Maddy, wheel- wright, of Cross Oak, their clerk and assistant overseer of the parish. EX-MATRON'S TOSITION. Mrs. Thomas, who has had to relin- quish the post of matron at the work- quish the post of matron at the work- 1" house owing to the death of her husband, the master, wrote stating that it was not i her intention to continue in poor law service and asking for the return of her contributions under the Superannuation Act. She also pointed out that the Board had power to grant her a gratuity not exceeding two years' salary and emoluments, and asked them to consider this question. The Clerk stated that Mrs. Thomas was entitled to the return of her con- tributions to superannuation, which amounted to £ 10 17s. '2d. With regard to the question of a gratuity, her salary was £ 40 and the emoluments were valued at JE40, making £8(1 a year. A month's notice must be given to every member of the Board of any proposal to give a gratuity. Miss Morgan proposed that the matter be considered as soon as notice could be legally given. The Rev. T. Griffiths seconded, and it was carried. SALARIES OF OFFICIALS. SALARIES OF OFFICIALS. The Finance and General Purposes Committee reported that they had con- sidered the applications of the relieving officer-s (Messrs. S. Davies and E. J. Hill) for increases of their salaries, in the light of the new Local Government Board circular as to war bonuses. The Clerk produced returns from 13 neighbouring unions giving particulars of salaries and war bonuses granted to officers, showing that in some cases the full Local Govern- ment Board scale of bonus had been granted. They recommended the Board to increase the war bonus of the two relieving officers from 12s. to 24s. per week as from April 1st last, the salaries to remain as at present also that the resolution fixing the payment to these officers when making inquiries outside their districts at 10s. per case be re- scinded and that each case be dealt with on its merits. With regard to the application of Dr. Shingleton Smith for an increase of his salary as medical officer for the Merthyr C'ylüg district, they recommended an increase to f90 as from April 1st. They further recommended that the salary of the Clerk be increased from 1£ 100 to JE200 as from April 1st, for a period of one year, the matter to be reconsidered at the end of that period. The Rev. T. Griffiths pointed out that i-Afr. Davies's salary was f90 and Mr. Hill's was only £ 75, andiu view of the work the latter had to do he thought his salary should also be maite £ 90. Miss Morgan spoke in support of the suggestion. Mr. Tom Morgan They knew the h h conditions when they took office and there is no more work now. Mr. Griffiths But travelling expenses have gone up 50 per cent, and the cost of food has increased enormously. Mr. Tom Morgan That affects every- body. They get superannuation and the man in private life gets nothing if he cannot put something by. Mr. Juo. Jones, Nan-bran (chairman of the Finance Committee), said that the point raised by Mr. Grirhths and Miss Morgan was overlooked by the committee. Mr. Davies had had an increase of £ 15 and Mr. Hill had not. As to the increase of the war bonuses, they were almost compelled to give that, because if they refused it the officers could apply to the Local Government Board for their remedy. It should be understood, with regard to the Clerk, that it was not the intention of the committee that it should be increased by £ 100 for the work of the Guardians only. They considered that j he was very much underpaid as clerk to j Assessment Committee, bat they had no power to deal with that point and it was too late for the Assessment Committee to deal with it this year. That was the reason why they proposed that the matter I should be reconsidered in twelvemonths' time. It was quite possible then that the salary of £ 200 as clerk to the Guardians I would be reduced if there was an increase by the Assessment Committee. He pro- posed that the recommendation of the committee be adopted, with the exception that Mr. Hill's salary be raised to £ 90. The Rev. T. Griffiths seconded and it was carried. The officers had been absent during the discussion. On their return, the Clerk pointed out, with regard to the inquiries by the relieving officers outside their districts, that if each cse was dealt with on its merits, the Guardians would have to get the sanction of the Local Government Board to every payment made. If the payment were fixed at 10s. per day instead of 10s. per case, that would meet the difficulty. On the motion <5f Mr. Jno. Jones, Xantbran, seconded by Mr. Jenkin Williams, this suggestion was adopted. HOUSE COMMITTEE'S MKOROSALS. The House Committee recommended that Mrs, Peet, the new matron, be em- powered to obtain a general assistant at £ 35 per annum, the duties to include in- dustrial training and cooking, and that a scrubber be obtained by the day as re- quired. For the benefit, of children of widows receiving ont-ielief they recom- mended that the Boarding Out Committee be appointed a children's committee, with the addition of the following :—Mrs. F. D. Dickinson, Aberyskir Mrs. Harris, AberlleclTi; Miss J. Miller, Forest Lodge Mrs. H. R. Jones-Williams, Cvvy Pare Mrs. Saunders-Jones, Cantref Rectory Xurse Williams, Brecon; Miss F. Hughes, S. David's. Brecon; and Mrs H. P. Powcl, Castell Madoc. The committee also recommended that the inside and outside of the Workhouse buildings be renovated, and that Mr H. LI. Griffiths, the borough surbeyor, be engaged to make a survey of the premises and prepare a specification of the work necessary. The Clerk mentioned that he did not think anything had been done to the Workhouse since 1914. The report was adopted. EXTRA RELIEF CONTINUED. The extra relief of 2/- per week granted owing to the higher cost of food, &c., was ordered to be continued for another quarter. PARISHES IN ARREAR. The Clerk reminded the Board that I £ 6612 became due on the 1st inst. on account of county rate. At present only 13 parishes had paid the first instalment of their call, payable on May 13ih, and the second instalment was due that day. He was afraid that some of the mrishes had not even made their rates. The Board's balance in the bank was only 2117, but he hoped a number of calls would be paid in that day. The Rev. A. E. E vans Are the parishes later in paying this year than usual ? The Chairman Qnite as bad at any rale. It was decided to send a special re- minder to overseers and to pay the County Council on account as soon as possible.

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