HC Deb 03 April 1941 vol 370 c1176W
Mr. Muff

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that many old age pensioners are being summoned before the courts for non-payment of rates and that they have had their rates remitted by the local authorities when in receipt of relief from the public assistance committees; and will he consider crediting local authorities with the amounts due for payment of rates and obviate the necessity of pensioners being compelled to appear in the police courts?

Mr. E, Brown

I am not aware of the grounds for the discrimination in regard to excusal of rates to which my hon. Friend refers, but I am informed by the Assistance Board that the amount of supplementary pension is normally so calculated as to enable the recipient to pay his current rates in full. In any case I have no authority which would enable me to give effect to the suggestion in the last part of the Question.

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