Reference HLG 900/35
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Billeting Allowance Recoveries. Miscellaneous questions
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting, Unofficial evacuations
Document Types Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Barking, Basingstoke, Croydon, Darlington, Downham Market, East Dean, Enfield, Erith, Essex, Hornchurch, Hornsey, Jarrow, Kent, Kingston upon Hull, London, Maidstone, Middlesex, Newcastle upon Tyne, Portsmouth, Shoreham, Somerset, Taunton
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, County Borough Councils, County Councils, General Post Office, House of Commons, National Council of Social Service, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Standing Joint Committee of Industrial Women's Organisations, Women's Voluntary Service


A file of documents relating to queries regarding the recovery of billeting allowances from parents. Subjects discussed in the file include the proposal of a scheme to collect payments from parents; the announcement of billeting charges causing parents to withdraw their children from billets; a warning that parents who withdraw their children without authorisation may not be entitled to re-billeting; and an explanation by the authorities that parents are obliged to contribute to billeting allowances. Other subjects covered include the difficulties faced by parents suffering financial hardship in repaying allowances, including disability, unemployment, illness, and low income, leading to complaints; and assessments of the expenses incurred by parents to determine payments. Documents in the file include letters detailing interviews with parents assessed for their income by the local authorities; and a discussion of radio broadcasts aimed at parents to explain billeting payments, and how expenses are tied to income.


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