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Public Assistance

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the scale of public assistance for a married couple without means now paid by each local authority in Scotland?

I regret that I do not have this information. The Poor Law does not recognise scales of relief. While some local authorities have adopted scales for their own convenience, they are not required to report them to me and the scale rates may be varied according to the circumstances of the individual case.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons in Scotland are in receipt of public assistance?

The total number of persons in receipt of public assistance (excluding vagrants and persons in receipt of outdoor medical relief only) on 15th July, 1942, the latest date for which figures are available, was 95,920, of whom 40,000 were dependants.