ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1 Short title
2 Inclusion of Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation
Board of Supervision
4 Board of Supervision established
5 Members of Board to derive no emolument
Their expenses to be paid
6 Secretary to the Board
7 Meetings of the Board
8 Board may name committee
9 Power of Board to make rules
10 Powers and duties of the Board of Supervision
11 Board to record its proceedings, and make annual reports
12 Powers of the Board of Supervision to require returns
13 Board may authorise special enquiries to be made
14 Penalties on parties refusing to obey summons of the Board
15 Members of Board of Supervision may attend meetings of Parish Council
16 Payment of salaries and expenses
17 Parish Councils to be managers of the poor in parishes
Appointment of Poor Relief Committee.
18 Parish Council to meet and make up roll of the poor, and fix remuneration of Inspector of the Poor
19 Appointment of poor relief officers
20 Duties of Inspector of the Poor
21 Investigations by Parish Councils and the Board of Supervision
22 Reference of disputes and questions between parishes, etc
23 Parishes may unite for the purpose of building alehouses
24 Plans for almshouses to be approved by Board of Supervision
25 Parish Councils to frame rules for regulations of almshouses. Master and Matron
26 Poor persons from other parishes may be received into almshouses
27 Medical attendance in almshouses
28 Medical relief, clothing and education. Duties of Medical Officers.
29 Persons entitled to relief
30 Destitute persons to be relieved
31 Application for parochial relief on behalf of certain persons
32 Starving poor
33 Proceeding when relief refused by Parish Council, or amount of relief considered inadequate
34 Certificate of refusal of relief
35 Duty of Inspector with respect to the Affiliation and Maintenance Acts
36 Enforcement of order of the Board of Supervision
37 Suspension of powers of Parish Councils
38 Form and manner of giving notices
39 Expenditure in excess of estimates
THE POOR RELIEF ACT
[Date of Commencement: 29th April, 1886]
Law 15 of 1959.
11 of 1964,
42 of 1969,
28 of 1973.
This Act may be cited as the Poor Relief Act.
All references in this Act to the Parish Council shall, in the cases of the parishes of Kingston and Saint Andrew, be deemed to refer to and to include the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, appointed and constituted under the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation Act.
In this Act-
"Inspector" means the Inspector of the Poor appointed under this Act.
Board of Supervision
(1) A Board of Supervision which shall be styled "The Board of Supervision for the Relief of the Poor in Jamaica" shall be and is hereby established for the purposes of this Act. The said Board shall consist of nine members, only three of whom shall be persons holding any office of emolument under the Governments all of whom it shall be lawful for the Minister by minute to appoint or remove. The Minister may supply any vacancy which may occur in the said Board by resignation, removal, death or otherwise, of the said members or any of them, and may also from time to time appoint some person to be a member of the Board during the absence from the Island, illness or other incapacity of any member.
The Board shall elect its own Chairman and may sit from time to time and at such places as it may deem expedient:
Provided always that the Mayor or a councillor of the Council of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, or a councillor of any Parish Council shall not be eligible for election as Chairman although a member of the Board of Supervision, nor shall any such person sit as a member of the Board of Supervision on any investigation of a come plaint referred to that Board by or against the Corporation or Parish Council of which that person is a member.
Four members of the Board of Supervision shall form a quorum.
In the absence of the Chairman the members present at any meeting shall elect one of their number to preside thereat.
The Chairman or other presiding member shall have an original and, in the event of an equality of votes, a casting vote.
(2) Notwithstanding any temporary vacancy or vacancies in the body of members composing the Board the same shall be deemed to be fully constituted for the purposes of this Act
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