Fonds Y/WE - Gt. Yarmouth Borough: Welfare Department

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Gt. Yarmouth Borough: Welfare Department


  • 1773-1964 (Creation)

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312 pieces

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In 1930, under the Local Government Act of 1929, the Poor Law Unions were abolished and, in Norfolk, their duties and properties were transferred to Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council and Great Yarmouth County Borough Council.
Great Yarmouth County Borough Council thereupon established a Public Assistance Committee to which the Boarding Out and District Nursing Committee (renamed the Boarding Out, District Nursing and Children’s Committee in January 1933) reported. The Public Assistance Committee became the Social Welfare Committee in November 1945.
For a short time (between June 1948 and February 1949) the Boarding Out and Children’s Homes Sub-Committee reported to the new Welfare Services Committee. A separate Children’s Committee was established in March 1949, reporting directly to the Council. In January 1971 the Social Services Committee was formed, with a Children’s Homes and Boarding Out Sub-Committee and a Welfare Services Sub-Committee.
A far-reaching re-organisation took place on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act of 1972, when Great Yarmouth County Borough Council’s responsibilities for Social Services were transferred to Norfolk County Council.

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Great Yarmouth Borough Council was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act of 1972.

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Of the records listed the major part were received from the Chief Welfare Officer. some were found among archives received from the Borough Treasurer's Department. Their presence there was due either to shared storage accommodation or to their having been taken over when in 1930 the powers of the Board of Guardians were transferred to the Local Authority. It is impossible to differentiate between these and they are listed here with the other Poor Law records for the sake of convenience. The Poor Rate Books from 1741, probably taken over by the Borough Treasurer when the Overseers' rating powers were transferred to the Local Authority in 1927, are not listed here. Poor law records prior to 1837 have been received from the Town Clerk's Department (Y/C 12/8-11, Y/C 35/10173, Y/C 41/1-2 and Y/S 10/2) and the Borough Library (Y/L 6/8-11 and Y/D 14/17-18).

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 27 May 1963-9 June 1964 (numbered Y/WE 214-246, 254-284, 287 and 289-295), 11 September 1964 (numbered Y/WE 1-213, 247-253, 285-286, 288 and 296-297), 12 January 1977 (numbered Y/WE 298-300), 8 December 1976 (numbered Y/WE 301-309) and 27 April 1977 (numbered Y/WE 310-312).

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Guardians of the Poor minutes; Public Assistance Committee Minutes; House Committee Minutes; Relief Committee Minutes; Assessment Committee Minutes; Boarding-out Committees Minutes; Finance Sub-committee Minutes; Overseers' Minutes; Weekly Register Bills; accounts and other financial records; Returns of Births and Vaccination registers; Workhouse Master's report books and journals; records relating to Children's Homes; and records of the Social Welfare Committe.

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