Reference HLG 900/27
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Billeting Allowances. Private evacuees
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting, Unofficial evacuations
Document Types Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Bethnal Green, Birkenhead, Bishop Auckland, Bradford, Carlisle, Catford, Clitheroe, Coventry, Edinburgh, Exeter, Ffestiniog, Finsbury, Harlech, Hebburn, Hexham, Hornsey, Leeds, Leytonstone, Litchfield, Liverpool, Llandilo, London, Manchester, Newport Pagnell, Northallerton, Orpington, Oswestry, Portsmouth, Southampton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Surbiton, Swindon, Winchester
Organisations Citizens Advice Bureau, City Councils, County Councils, House of Commons, Local Education Authorities, National Association of Boys' Clubs, Rural District Councils


A file of government correspondence relating to requests for billeting allowances for private child evacuees. Subjects covered in the file include the issue of billeting allowances only applying to the British government's evacuation scheme, and not private evacuation; the issue of parents unable to afford private billeting due to the blocking of access to allowances; and parents returning their children to evacuated areas due to financial hardship. Other subjects discussed include the receipt of allowances for unaccompanied children who were evacuated before the official scheme's establishment; the local authorities' reiteration that parents were warned beforehand about the government evacuation scheme; and the government's advice to parents that children on holiday in reception areas should remain there. Documents in the file include letters of complaint by parents who requested billeting allowances, including frustration that child evacuees staying with strangers can receive allowances, whereas those who live with relatives cannot.


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