HC Deb 30 October 1918 vol 110 c1499W

asked the President of the Local Government Board what is the maximum amount sanctioned by the Board for the maintenance of boarded-out children; what is the lowest amount paid for any boarded-out child by the Bideford Board; whether any steps are taken by the Board's inspectors to point out inadequate payments; and whether any further steps are taken to bring negligent guardians into line?


The maximum amount sanctioned by the Local Government Board for the maintenance of boarded-out children is 10s. per week. The inspector reported that in the Bide-ford Union, where the payments in respect of the seven children boarded out ranged from 6s. to 4s. 3d. per week, complaints were made that the maintenance allowance in certain cases—for example, 6s. 6d. in one case mentioned—were insufficient. It is the practice of the inspectors to call attention to inadequate allowances, and this was dons in the Bideford cases. If in any case further action appears to be necessary, the Board would themselves commnuicate with the guardians.