§ Sir W. JENKINS
asked the Minister of Health whether he will supply information showing the local rates levied for public assistance (including the authority's liability for the maintenance of the able-bodied unemployed) during the years 1913 and 1934 by the following authorities: Merthyr Tydfil, county Durham, Glamorganshire, Monmouthshire, Surrey, and Middlesex?
§ Sir K. WOOD
Since 1st April, 1930, it has not been possible to state what is the equivalent rate in the £ of the cost of any particular service included in the total rate levied, inasmuch as in arriving at the latter figure account has to be taken of the Block Grant under the Local Government Act, 1929, which is applicable to local government services generally and is not allocated between individual services. The figures given in column 3 of the following statement show the estimated requirements for public assistance, expressed as a rate in the £, before making any allowance 1997W for the Block Grant and therefore are not comparable with those in column 2. For the sake of completeness the total amount of the Block Grant paid to the
Area. Range of rates in £ for relief of the poor and other expenses of the Boards of Guardians.* (1913–14) Equivalent Rate per £ required for Public Assistance before making allowance for the Block Grant. (1934–35) Block Grant (County or County Borough Apportionment) expressed as a rate in the £. (1934–35) 1. 2. 3. 4. County Borough. s. d. s. d. Merthyr Tydfil … 1s. 11¾d. 15 11¾ 10 6 Counties. Durham … … From 4d. to 1s 6¼d. 9 4½ 10 9 Glamorgan … From 11d. to 1s. 11¾d. 8 10 10 7 Monmouth … From 11½d. to 1s. 10¾d. 8 2¼ 10 9 Surrey … … From 7¼d. to 1s. 0¼d. 1 3 1 1 Middlesex … … From 4½d. to 1s. 4½d. 1 9 1 3½ * In 1913–14 relief of the poor was administered by the late Boards of Guardians and the rates in the £ varied in the several Poor Law Unions within the Administrative County.