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Rents (Old-Age Pensioners)

Volume 526: debated on Tuesday 6 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will set up a working party to investigate what effect the proposals for increasing rents will have upon the cost of living for old-age pensioners and persons in receipt of National Assistance in the Gorbals division of Glasgow.

The effect of a repairs increase will vary according to the rent of the house, but persons solely dependent on assistance for their rent will normally receive increased assistance to meet the repairs incrase. In these circumstances, my right hon. Friend does not think that a working party is necessary.

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the supplementary assistance which this particular class of old age pensioner receives, or will receive when the Bill becomes an Act, will ultimately be passed on to the landlords? Does he think it right that public money should be used in this way?