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‘An untidy arrangement’ – service Family and Dependants’ Allowances, 1939 to 1945

Barbara Hately-Broad

in War and Welfare

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780719078545
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719078545.003.0003
‘An untidy arrangement’ – service Family and Dependants’ Allowances, 1939 to 1945

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This chapter focuses on the changes in and administration of allowances during the course of the war, most notably the introduction of new levels of allowances in 1942 and 1944, focusing on the particular difficulties encountered by the families of those taken captive. Throughout the course of the Second World War, the question persisted of whether or not service pay and allowances were adequate. The chapter raises a discussion on how suggestion of wives turning to prostitution to supplement their allowances never appeared as an issue in political debates. Furthermore, it highlights that, in November 1940, both family and dependants' allowances were increased, at least partly in response to local and national campaigns.

Keywords: Second World War; Dependants' Allowances; service pay; prostitution; political debates

Chapter.  10525 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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