Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank:
Report by J P Hilton - June 2nd 1919
With the official end of the First World War approaching (the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28th 1919), the legal life of
the Corporation's savings bank was coming to an end when the Committee met on June 2nd. As a consequence, this meeting concentrated
on considering the rules for the proposed Birmingham Municipal Bank. Mr Hilton presented a short report that was limited to comments
on a letter that had been received from the Corporation's Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee.
That letter, dated April 30th
1919, stated the following:
Non-Manual Employees - War Allowances.
I have to inform you that the Salaries, Wages & Labour
Committee have received and considered an application dated the 7th February, 1919, from the Municipal Clerks' and Officers' Association
for an extension to the non-manual employees of the 5/- war advance granted to the manual workers in January last, and, having reviewed
all the circumstances, have decided that no case for a further war allowance has been made out, and they have accordingly declined
The Committee were, however, aware that several of the Council Committees had already considered the salary
lists for the current year, and had taken into account the prevailing economic conditions and had given more liberal advances than
would otherwise have been the case. The Committee approve of the action so taken, and will be glad to learn that all Council Committees
have followed the same course.
I am directed to ask that you will inform me in due course what action your Committee have taken.
H C Chamberlain.
Salaries, Wages & Labour Committee.
Although there were further meetings of the
Corporation Savings Bank Committee, prior to it being renamed 'The Municipal Bank Committee' in August 1919, these future meetings
dealt with matters relating to the new permanent bank; Mr Hilton did not present any further reports relating to the Birmingham Corporation