By Susan D. Pennybacker
The e-book assessments the imaginative and prescient of the early London County Council (LCC) and of its leaders, the London Progressives, opposed to its regulations and achievements. It records struggles to alter social and exertions stipulations, to persuade public tradition and to rent aspiring younger visionaries--both males and women--into white collar jobs. This historical past has left its mark at the current London political situation--central London executive has been abolished and once more many Londoners are looking to recreate it. either the achievements and the disillusions fostered long ago nonetheless impact the current London obstacle. Attitudes formed through bureacracy and the issues of vested pursuits nonetheless live to tell the tale.
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The ‘lady typists’, then, were women employees of a new type; policy establishing new forms of work, new terms of employment and new restrictions upon their life-styles went with the newly established opportunities for respectable employment offered by the The ways of life 33 LCC. But to stop with such a summary is to do an injustice to subsequent history. In 1935, when the marriage bar was still in place, women staff members were nearly evenly divided on the question of its retention. Male staff members of that generation supported the bar almost two to one.
The policy was to recognise ‘exceptional ability’ through ‘rapid promotion’. 28 The average LCC salary in 1910 was £200 per year. 30 THE ‘NEW WOMEN’ OF THE LCC The strains on the Council workload could not be sufficiently absorbed even with the new forms of labour of the 1890s. In 1906, one year before the Progressives were to leave office, a ‘Minor Establishment’ of male employees was created in an effort to end the practice of employing temporary labour. This new section was made up of lads of 15 to 17 years of age (some drawn from amongst the temporaries) who had either completed elementary school or held certain institutional certificates.
3. 22 Another set of questions read: 1. ’ 2. Is compulsory military service desirable? 3. Imperialism. 23 In 1902, examinees were asked explicitly to ‘discuss the questions at issue in the controversy concerning collectivism (or municipalisation) as applied to Local Authorities’. 24 It was small wonder that those who were appointed to the clerical and administrative branches of the LCC tended to identify with the Council’s purpose, as they saw it. They were self-selected, not simply randomly selected by the Council.