Reference HLG 900/30
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Billeting Allowances. Miscellaneous questions
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting, Unofficial evacuations
Document Types Official Correspondence, Letters and Statements from the Public
Civil Defence Regions Region 12: South Eastern (Tunbridge Wells HQ)
Locations Croydon, Eastbourne, Hove, London


A file of government correspondence relating to billeting allowance requests for child evacuees in Eastbourne County Borough. Subjects covered in the file include the increasing unaffordability of householders hosting evacuees due to rising living costs in Eastbourne; householders requesting allowance increases; and administration issues in tracing requests by parents caused by the flurry of complaints. Other subjects discussed include a father who requests for his son to be withdrawn from billeting to join his two daughters in Eastbourne, and for retrospective payments to be made to the new billets, which is disallowed by the local authorities; and another father who requests a governmental allowance for his privately evacuated son due to unaffordable billeting, and threatens to cease payments to the householder if the request is not granted despite paying all the evacuation costs; and the government's reply that payments can only be received if the child joins the school party.


accommodation, administration, allowances, billeting, childcare, children, cost of living, employment, evacuation, evacuees, family, finance, foster parents, furnishings, householders, housing, local authorities, parents, private evacuation, reception areas, rental properties, schools, transportation, volunteers

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