Casual Earnings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 11th July 1923.

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Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that a man in receipt of unemployment pay was stopped 3s. 10d. on account of his doing an evening's work for which he received 3s.; and whether steps can be taken to see that in such cases the persons should not suffer deductions in excess of the amount of money earned?

Photo of Mr Anderson Barlow Mr Anderson Barlow , Salford South

I am not aware of the particular case referred to, but Section 7 (2) (a) of the Unemployment Insurance Act provides expressly that, save in certain cases of subsidiary occupations, benefit cannot be paid for any day on which the claimant is following any occupation from which he derives any remuneration or profit.

Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman see that if this continues it is going to put a premium on dishonesty?

Photo of Mr Anderson Barlow Mr Anderson Barlow , Salford South

We have discussed this a great many times. The question of payment in respect of broken time is one of the most difficult problems in connection with the whole administration of the Unemployment Insurance Fund. I have considered it over and over again, and at present, in view of the very recent consideration given to it in the last Unemployment Act, I cannot carry the matter any further.

Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman see that the effect of his answer will be that these men will not take work?