Married Women (Part-Time Work).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment – in the House of Commons on 1st March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Athelstan Rendall Mr Athelstan Rendall , Thornbury


asked the Minister of Labour whether a married woman doing part-time domestic work and earning 10s. per week thereat will receive the 5s. unemployment benefit if and because her husband is out of work if she gives up her employment though offered a continuance of it?

Photo of Mr Thomas Macnamara Mr Thomas Macnamara , Camberwell North West

Under the Dependants' Grants Act, a grant is not payable in respect of a wife if she is in regular wage-earning employment. Whether the grant would be payable in the circumstances described in the question would depend on all the circumstances of the case. If, however, the employment is given up merely in order that the grant may be claimed, that would be a matter which the Local Employment Committee would take into consideration, and would be a proper ground for refusing a grant.