000022

Reference HLG 900/22
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Billeting Arrangements. War workers
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation, Industry and Infrastructure
Subthemes Labour supply and relations, Reception and billeting, Dislocated populations
Document Types Official Correspondence, Reports and Surveys, Advertisements, Pamphlets, and Posters
Civil Defence Regions Region 4: Eastern (Cambridge HQ)
Locations Baldock, Bedford, Biggleswade, Braintree, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Essex, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hertfordshire, Hitchin, Hounslow, Letchworth, London, Luton, Pontypridd, Royston, Shefford, Slough, Stevenage, Stotfold, Swindon, Treforest, Ware, Welwyn, Weston
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, Committee on Evacuation, Housing Sub-Committee, Housing War Requirements Committee, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Urban District Councils, Women's Voluntary Service

Description

A file of documents relating to billeting arrangements for war workers in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Subjects covered in the file include the issues caused by the increasing number of workers arriving in the town, including overcrowding, billeting shortages, and the strain on public services; the removal of official evacuees, such as mothers and young children, to free up accommodation; the requisitioning of properties, including prosecutions of noncompliant householders; and workers' requests to obtain properties. Other subjects discussed include the need to obtain accommodation for foreign workers; food provisions for workers, including canteens, and breakfast meals in their accommodation; the construction of hostels to provide more billets; the need for workers to be placed close to their workplaces to prevent health issues; and provisions for workers with families. Documents include a report surveying the availability of accommodation; and a pamphlet providing information about billeting regulations for householders.

Keywords

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