HC Deb 13 February 1941 vol 368 cc1615-6

Considered in Committee, under Standing Order No. 69.

[Sir DENNIS HERBERT in the Chair.]

Resolved, That for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to abolish the requirement that in determining the need and assessing the needs of applicants for unemployment assistance or supplementary pensions the resources of all members of their households must be taken into account, to make further provision for the determination of need and the assessment of needs in the case of such applicants and in connection with financial assistance to blind persons and to provide for the winding-up of the Unemployment Assistance Fund (hereinafter referred to as "the said Act") it is expedient to authorise— 1. the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of any amounts by which the sums required for the payment of allowances under the Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934, and of supplementary pensions under the Old Age and Widows' Pensions Act, 1940, are increased—

  1. (a) by reason of any provisions of the said Act altering the statutory requirements as to the determination of the need and the assessment of the needs of applicants who are members of households; and
  2. (b) by reason of any provisions of the said Act requiring that in computing the resources of any person whose resources are taken into account in determining the need or assessing the needs of applicants for such allowances and supplementary pensions as aforesaid, any money and investments treated as capital assets of that person up to the amount of his war savings, but not exceeding three hundred 1616 and seventy-five pounds, shall be disregarded, together with the income there-from in addition to any money and investments which would be otherwise disregarded;
and of such sums as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Assistance Board, including the amount of the allowances issued under the Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934; and 11. the payment into the Exchequer of all sums received by the Assistance Board."—(King' s Recommendation Signified.)—[Mr. Bevin.]

Resolution to be reported upon the next Sitting Day.