§ Mr. E. Brown
Such cases will be treated, in accordance with the Regulations, in the same way as any others in which there is an increase in the household resources which, under the Act, must be taken into account. The result in each case must depend on all the relevant facts and circumstances. I would remind the hon. Member that it is open to any applicant who feels that his case has not been properly dealt with to exercise his right of appeal under the Act.
§ 17. Mr. Logan
asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been directed to the criticism of the Unemployment Assistance Board by the Lancashire Education Committee at Preston; is he aware that of 169 cases sent to the Unemployment Assistance Board asking for footwear for necessitous school children 26 applications only were approved; and, seeing that the scales provide for food and footwear when they are below the Poor Law scales, what action, if any, does he intend to take to remedy this inequality?
§ Mr. Brown
I have not received representations from the Lancashire Education Committee on the matter to which the hon. Member refers. The weekly allowances granted by the Unemployment Assistance Board are intended to cover all ordinary needs of applicants and of the dependent members of their households, including the provision of footwear. Special additional allowances may be granted in exceptional cases, but the Board must, of course, be satisfied as to 1353 the existence of exceptional need before such allowances are given. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the circular issued by the Board of Education which indicates the arrangements that may be made respecting the supply of footwear for school children. I understand that satisfactory arrangements on these lines have been set up in the area of the Lancashire Education Committee.
§ Mr. Logan
While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that answer, if I send him a copy of a newspaper with details of this particular case, will he investigate it? Am I to understand that although the Lancashire education committee, have had 169 cases brought before it the advisory committee will not allow footwear to the children of Lancashire who are in poverty? Seeing that the Poor Law are able to give footwear, why is not an unemployed man able to get the same benefit?