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Offline 0ctavia

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Chargeable to the common fund
« on: Tuesday 11 June 24 07:42 BST (UK) »
Just reading through a newspaper article about one of our ancestors. He was summoned to “show cause why he should not contribute to the maintenance of his father, who is chargeable to the common fund of the Derby Union”. What does it mean to be "Chargeable to the common fund"?

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Re: Chargeable to the common fund
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 11 June 24 07:48 BST (UK) »
It means that the Derby Poor Law Union was paying for his father's upkeep.
While the son was paying nothing.
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Re: Chargeable to the common fund
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 11 June 24 07:50 BST (UK) »
It means that the Derby Poor Law Union was paying for his father's upkeep.
While the son was paying nothing.
Ah! Thank you KGarrad.

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Re: Chargeable to the common fund
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 11 June 24 08:09 BST (UK) »
Specifically, the Common Fund was the poor-law union's central pot of money, out of which poor relief was paid to those whose welfare could not be allocated to an individual parish in the union. Every parish in a poor-law union would contribute a sum to the Common Fund for such purposes.


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Re: Chargeable to the common fund
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 11 June 24 08:33 BST (UK) »
Specifically, the Common Fund was the poor-law union's central pot of money, out of which poor relief was paid to those whose welfare could not be allocated to an individual parish in the union. Every parish in a poor-law union would contribute a sum to the Common Fund for such purposes.
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Thank you Bookbox. It helps add clarity :-)