HC Deb 15 February 1965 vol 706 cc165-6W
76. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what overall financial figure for heating and lighting is considered essential, in assessing need, by the National Assistance Board and so provided in each case.

Miss Herbison

The scale rates of National Assistance approved by Parliament are intended to cover ordinary requirements apart from rent and rates. The resulting payments are supplemented where necessary in individual cases, e.g., in the cases of many old people and others, to provide additional heating. In the nature of things there can be no standard figure for needs which must vary with individual circumstances.