Report of Special Committee on the Organisation and Method of the Society:

The report produced in 1909 was dominated by the 'hard and dry' strand of opinion within the Society. It played strongly on the importance of economic independence rather than on the principle of reciprocity. A.G. Crowder warned that any relaxation of the Society's views regarding the role of the state in social provision would result in increasing amounts of 'injurious relief given under the guise of coordination and cooperation', while Arthur Clay objected to the establishment of 'statutory official relations' between the voluntary and statutory secotoes and defended the maintenance of a clear boundary line between them. Those members of the Society more inclined to a view of statutory/ voluntary relations grounded in political economy were also more inclined to resent the new organisations, which appeared to espouse many COS objectives, but which were also critical of its methods and, worse still, gained in popularity as a result.

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