National Assistance (Mortgage Repayments)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1966.

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Photo of Mr Norman Pentland Mr Norman Pentland , Chester-le-Street 12:00 am, 7th February 1966

The National Assistance rent rule which is prescribed in Regulations empowers the National Assistance Board to provide for mortgage interest but not for repayments of capital. The rule has been in existence since 1948 and it would be wrong to treat repayments of capital in the same way as mortgage interest. The Board has discretionary powers, however, which it can use where necessary to prevent hardship where a recipient of national assistance has to continue making refunds of mortgage capital.