Unemployment Assistance (Glasgow).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 21st May 1935.

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Photo of Mr Neil Maclean Mr Neil Maclean , Glasgow Govan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can state the basis on which he calculates that the expenditure on able-bodied unemployed borne by the local authority in Glasgow is 5 per cent. of the total expenditure for this purpose;

(1) Expenditure by local authority on able-bodied relief to be transferred to the Unemployment Assistance Board (or until second appointed day met by new grant)1,379,000
(2) Unemployment assistance to persons already transferred to Board2,400,000
(3) Contribution by local authority under Section 45 of Unemployment Assistance Act, 19343,779,000
(4) Amount of block grant under Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929, appropriate to the £1,379,000 of expenditure to be transferred. (In Glasgow the block grant represents 15.18 per cent. of the total rate and grant borne expenditure for the year 1934–35)209,332
(5) Net future charge to local authority—difference between (3) and (4)189,668
(6) Future charge to Exchequer:
(i)Unemployment Assistance2,400,000
(ii)Transferred expenditure less local authority's contribution (£1,379,000–£399,000980,000
(iii)Block grant appropriate to transferred expenditure209,332
(7)£3,589,332 = 95 per cent. of £3,779,000.
£189,668 = 5 per cent. of £3,779,000.

The cost of relieving able-bodied persons who are outwith the scope of the Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934, is not included in the above calculations. The estimated expenditure (£190,000) on relief of such persons of less the block grant (£28,842) appropriate to such expenditure gives a net figure of £161,158 and if this be added to the £189,668 shown above, the future charge to the ratepayers would be £350,826. The relative proportion of the expenditure to be borne by the Exchequer and by the local authority would then be as follows:

Exchequer, 91.2 per cent.

Local Authority,8.8 per cent.