BENEFITS

[Printed official gazette of Clement Attlee's reforming post-war government.] His Majesty's Ministers and Heads of Public Departments. October 1946.

Author: 
[Clement Attlee, Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; the creation of the welfare state, 1946]
Publication details: 
London: Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office. 1946.
£100.00

44pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Beginning with the Prime Minister and Cabinet, before turning to the various departments. A significant artefact relating to a reforming government and an important period of British history. Present in runs held by various academic libraries, but copies of this individual issue are uncommon.

[Printed Socialist Party of Great Britain pamphlet.] Beveridge Re-Organises Poverty.

Author: 
[The Socialist Party of Great Britain; William Henry Beveridge (1879-1963), economist and British Liberal Party politician; the Beveridge Report, 1942]
Publication details: 
The Socialist Party of Great Britain, Rugby Chambers, 2 Rugby Street, WC1. [Printed by R. E. Taylor & Son, Ltd. (T.U.), 55/57 Banner Street, E.C.1. [1942 or 1943.]
£80.00

20pp., 12mo. In white covers printed in green and black, with the 'Object' and 'Declaration of Principles' of the SPGB on the inside front cover, and advertisements for other SPGB works on the inside back cover. Stapled. Priced at 3d. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. On front cover: 'This pamphlet shows that the Beveridge Plan will not end the poverty of the working-class.

Printed 'Contribution Card for 26 weeks ending 7th July, 1929', to the British 'National Health and Pensions Insurance', with 'Notice of Arrears', for E. A. Hughes of Batley.

Author: 
[United Kingdom National Health and Pensions Insurance, 1929; E. A. Hughes of Batley]
National Health and Pensions Insurance
Publication details: 
London: 1929.
£23.00
National Health and Pensions Insurance

Both 'Contribution' and 'Notice' 16mo, 2 pp. Both on brown paper. Texts closely printed, clear and complete. Fair, lightly creased, but with rust stains at head caused by staple. Both items completed in manuscript for Hughes (a forty-five year old woman), the 'Notice' informing her that she is in arrears to the tune of five contributions out of fifty.

Five items relating to the Amalgamated Engineering Union, Birmingham Branch No. 304BE, including two minute books, 1943-1956 and 1957-1980; 'Proposition and Entrance Book', 1966-1976; and two unemployment benefit books, 1956-1978 and 1966-1979.

Author: 
Amalgamated Engineering Union, Birmingham Branch No. 304BE [trades unions; welfare benefits; British labour relations]
Publication details: 
Birmingham. 1943 to 1980.
£400.00

This small archive casts invaluable light on British labour relations at a local level during a turbulent economic period in postwar British history, with specific day-to-day information about persons and events. The two minute books, 1943-1980, are both 4to, with the first of around 200 pp and the second of around 150 pp. Both texts clear and complete, and some matter loosely inserted (including a letter from an individual pursuing a complaint against the branch). In worn bindings, with the boards of the second volume detached.

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