By Susan D. Pennybacker
The publication assessments the imaginative and prescient of the early London County Council (LCC) and of its leaders, the London Progressives, opposed to its guidelines and achievements. It records struggles to alter social and hard work 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 govt has been abolished and once more many Londoners are looking to recreate it. either the achievements and the disillusions fostered long ago nonetheless impression the current London hindrance. Attitudes formed by way of bureacracy and the issues of vested pursuits nonetheless continue to exist.
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Hopes of prosperity and of political voice overtook the spectres of impecunious obscurity for those who came to work for the LCC. In the 1890s they must have thought that they had a lot to look forward to by living in the capital; the threat of international war was as yet unknown to them. It was worth walking carefully down the streets that led from the Strand to the Embankment. A vision for London 1889–1914 26 LCC CLERKS: THE ORGANISATION AND CHARACTER OF MEN’S WORK Eric Noel Makeham was not entirely typical of recruits to the Department of the Clerk of the Council in the years between 1889 and the outbreak of the War.
Bell had attended Cheltenham and Oxford and had worked as a classics master before coming to the Board. Yet despite the need for ‘routine’ workers, the LCC actually raised the standards required for both the ‘established’ and ‘unestablished’ staff who were ‘over-qualified’ for the posts that began to become available. Given that most recruits to the clerical divisions before the War came from grammar school backgrounds, as Makeham had, they possessed credentials that might have secured them longterm jobs in the Civil Service, a fact of no little importance as staff grievances mounted.
77 Infant mortality did not experience a significant reduction in London until after 1900 and, even then Wohl reported that life expectancy was low: 20,000 children under the age of one still died every year and the borough with the highest infant death rate, Shoreditch, still had rates twice those of Hampstead, the healthiest borough. )78 The contest between the needs of the poor at home and the financial burdens of empire contributed to the palpable pessimism and anxiety noted amongst some sectors of London’s elites.