Social Security : The Story of British Social Progress and the Beveridge Plan
1943 1943 1940s 3 preliminary leaves, 9-62 pages : illustrations, diagrams trainee's wage with increments as he progressed ; that was a better plan than paying him a level rate of unemployment benefit at 24s. per week. Eve Brown was taking a different course at the same centre. They met and...
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London : G.G. Harrap and Co.
3 preliminary leaves, 9-62 pages : illustrations, diagrams
trainee's wage with increments as he progressed ; that was a better plan than paying him a level rate of unemployment benefit at 24s. per week. Eve Brown was taking a different course at the same centre. They met and walked out in the evenings. At the end of their respective courses they asked to be placed in jobs near one another. A year later they married and settled down in Bristol. Adam got fairly steady employment, and his troubles were over for a spell of years. His work was connected with shipping repairs and involved some fluctuations and changes of employer. Adam had to go where he was told, but all the jobs were in the Bristol district and were pretty well dovetailed by the Employment Exchange. There was, in general, rather a shortage of labour, and Adam suffered no long gaps of idleness. The old system of casual engagement by the day had given place to the guaranteed week. It was Eve who now became the chief beneficiary of our social services. Of course, she drew the marriage grant at the rate of £1 for every 40 contributions which she had paid before marriage. But Mrs Eve Black did not give up her job. She went on earning and paying her insurance contributions until the first baby was on the way. She was wise. About six weeks before her confinement she retired and claimed her maternity benefit of 36s. per week as an employed woman. This lasted for 13 weeks. (It is the highest rate of benefit under the Plan, and she would not have got a penny of it if she had left work on marriage.) In addition, like all women, whether employed or not, she received her £4 maternity grant. She had her confinement in hospital. Once home again, Eve got free milk for herself and little Tom. All was arranged by the Health Centre. The following spring Adam took them both away for a holiday. He was entitled to a statutory holiday of two 44