Catalogue description Ministry of Pensions: War Pensions Committee, Registered Files (WPM Series)

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Reference: PIN 56
Title: Ministry of Pensions: War Pensions Committee, Registered Files (WPM Series)
Description:

This series contains general files of correspondence and papers relating to the organisation and administration of War Pensions Committees.

The series was opened in 1963 after war pension policy material had moved to London.

Date: 1915-1977
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: WPM file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Department of Health and Social Security, 1968-1988

Department of Health and Social Security, War Pensions and Industrial Injuries Division, 1971-1973

Department of Health and Social Security, War Pensions Department, 1968-1971

Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance, War Pensions Branch, 1953-1966

Ministry of Pensions, Awards Division, 1917-1944

Ministry of Pensions, Awards Division, 1951-1952

Ministry of Pensions, Awards Division (Blackpool), 1949-1951

Ministry of Pensions, General Administration Division, 1917-1944

Ministry of Pensions, General Division, 1944-1949

Ministry of Pensions, Great War, Civilian and Mercantile Awards Division, 1944-1949

Ministry of Pensions, New Services Awards Division, 1944-1949

Ministry of Pensions, Pensions Division, Awards, 1952-1953

Ministry of Pensions, Pensions Policy and General Division, 1949-1953

Ministry of Pensions, Rehabilitation and Welfare and London Awards Division, 1949-1951

Ministry of Social Security, War Pensions Department, 1966-1968

Physical description: 44 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Department of Health and Social Security , from 1982

Accruals: Series is not accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

War Pensions Committees were local committees appointed by the Minister of Pensions and consisted of representatives of disabled ex-servicemen, women dependants or widows of such men, local authorities, employers and workmen engaged in industry, and voluntary associations providing services for ex-servicemen and their families within the area.

The functions of the committees were to make recommendation to the minister as to the administration of pensions, to receive reports from officers as to the date and progress of applications, to hear and consider complaints by pensioners or claimants, to enquire into any matter referred to these by the minister or the Special Grants Committee, to make arrangements for the distribution of any supplementary grants and to consider applications for grants from such departments, bodies or organisations as the minister might specify.

They also undertook the care of children for whom special provision was needed and they were required to take steps to secure the assistance and co-operation of voluntary workers in their work.

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