HC Deb 29 June 1964 vol 697 cc163-4W
Mr. Ian Gilmour

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he is aware that some local authorities are refusing rating relief to those who are eligible for National Assistance but are not receiving it, and are directing such people to seek relief from the National Assistance Board; and if he will issue a new circular on the subject.

Mr. Corfield

The relief which a local authority can grant is limited to the excess of the current year's rates over the rates payable in 1962–63. Where a local authority think it likely that an applicant for relief could get more help from the Board than they are able to give, the sensible course seems to be for them to let him know this. My right hon. Friend has however already told local authorities that if they decide that they, rather than the Board, should relieve hardship he for his part would have no objection. He does not think that a further circular is needed.