HC Deb 28 May 1936 vol 312 cc2226-8W

asked the Minister of Health the rate poundage cost of public assistance in Chislehurst, Kent; the number of persons per thousand in receipt of public assistance; and similar information for Monmouthshire?


The rate poundages for public assistance as shown in the precepts of the Kent and Monmouthshire County Councils for the first half of 1936–37 are 1s. 0¾d. and 4s. 2¾d. respectively before making allowance for the block grants payable under the Local Government Act, 1929, towards local gov- ernment expenses generally. The block grants are equivalent in the half-year to rate poundages of 11d. in Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban District in Kent and 5s. 10½d in an urban district in Monmouthshire which may be regarded as typical. The returns made to my Department show the number of persons in receipt of poor relief in the county as a whole. The average number per 1,000 of the population is at the present time 19.3 in Kent and 57.4 in Monmouthshire.