Reference HLG 900/31
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Billeting Allowance Recoveries. Improperly drawn allowances
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation, Social Relations
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting, Crime and policing, Families and relationships
Document Types Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Bridnorth, London, Shropshire
Organisations County Councils


A file of government correspondence relating to the recovery of billeting allowances that have been improperly drawn in Bridnorth, Shropshire. Subjects covered in the file include the issue of Louisa Watts, who was evacuated as an escort for her disabled mother, continuing to receive her billeting allowance despite having been de-billeted following her mother's return; her lack of repayments despite earning a wage; and her deliberate evasion of the authorities by failing to notify of her three-month extended stay in Bridnorth, of her obtaining employment, or of her return to London. Other subjects discussed include threats by the authorities to begin legal proceedings despite the leniency shown towards her; and her commencement of repayments following an interview with the authorities. Documents in the file include letters of defence Watts's mother claiming that she did not make repayments as she is due to pay income tax, and is only working part-time.


accommodation, allowances, billeting, children, communications, crime, disability, employment, evacuation, evacuees, family, finance, householders, housing, infrastructure, local authorities, mothers, parents, part-time employment, reception areas, taxation, telephonic communications, wages

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