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Public Assistance (Income Limits)

Volume 415: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if children's allowances will be included as family income by the Public Assistance Committee in the case of a widow with four or five children.

:Under the Scottish Poor Law Acts the local authority in dealing with an application for relief has to consider all resources available to the applicant, subject to a statutory requirement to disregard part of certain forms of income, of which income from family allowances is not one. Subject to these general considerations, the amount of relief to be given is primarily within the discretion of the local authority.