HC Deb 12 March 1951 vol 485 cc1053-4
35. Mr. J. N. Browne

asked the Minister of National Insurance under what circumstances, in view of the increasing cost of living, there will be a revision in the basic rates of National Assistance.

Dr. Summerskill

Any alteration in the scales for National Assistance is a matter for the National Assistance Board in the first instance. They have the matter under constant review, but I cannot say in what circumstances they might decide to put forward new proposals.

Mr. Browne

Will the Minister bear in mind, in view of the increasing cost of living, that a day will shortly come when a man and wife without other resources will no longer be able to live on 43s. 6d. per week, excluding rent?

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