Reference HLG 900/34
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Billeting Allowance Recoveries. Refugees and homeless
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation, Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Reception and billeting, Housing and living conditions, Damage to property, Dislocated populations
Document Types Official Correspondence, Letters and Statements from the Public
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations Ealing, Greenford, Stepney
Organisations Borough Councils, Civil Defence Committee


A file of government correspondence relating to the recovery of billeting allowances from homeless and refugee tenants residing in requisitioned properties in Ealing Borough. Subjects covered in the file include issues in the lack of repayment of tenants' outstanding arrears; comments by the local authorities on the terms of repayment, the condition of the properties, and changes in the circumstances of tenants. Other subjects discussed include the non-payment of increasing arrears; enquiries about the necessary actions to be taken regarding non-payment; and the risk of the eviction of homeless tenants causing a public outcry. Documents in the file include an exchange of letters between F. Wooster and Ealing Borough Council concerning the proceedings to be initiated against him, including his refusal to pay for his new accommodation, his complaints of unfair treatment after his garage was requisitioned for timber, and the lack of repairs on his home by the council.


accommodation, air raids, air-raid precautions, allowances, amenities, billeting, birth rate, bomb damage, children, clothing, cost of living, dependants, evacuation, evacuees, family, finance, first aid, homelessness, housing, imprisonment, infants, labour supply, local authorities, marriage, motor vehicles, newspapers, public opinion, radio broadcasts, refugees, rental properties, repair, requisitioning, schools, standard of living, timber, transportation, unemployment, volunteers, weather

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