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Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 2 November 1943

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asked the Minister of Health why relief by public assistance authorities is treated as a loan rather than a grant in cases where substantial sums of money are expected to accrue to the applicant in the near future, having regard to the arrangements for ignoring capital assistance otherwise respected?

It is in general within the discretion of the public assistance authority to give relief by way of loan, but most authorities would not give relief in this way if the only prospect of recovering the amount of the loan were from capital assets which, in granting relief, they had disregarded or treated as equivalent to the appropriate weekly income.