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National Insurance (NI) Act 1965 and the Ministry of Social Security Act (MSSA) 1966.

What: National Insurance legislation from 1946-1964 was consolidated in the NI Act 1965 and MSSA 1966. These introduced wide-ranging changes to the administration of National Assistance benefits. The MSSA 1966 provided for the establishment of the Ministry of Social Security, the dissolution of the National Assistance Board (NAB) and the transfer of the NAB’s functions to the Supplementary Benefits Commission (SBC). 

Why significant: Acknowledged that means-tested benefits had not fallen away, and that more specific legislation was required rather than continuing to amend NAA 1948 regulations.