Unemployment Assistance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 29th June 1936.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

(for Mr. GUY) asked the Minister of Labour what arrangements the Unemployment Assistance Board make for the treatment of Income Tax paid by any earning member of a household in the assessment of the-household resources?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Anthony Muirhead Lieut-Colonel Anthony Muirhead , Wells

I am informed by the Unemployment Assistance Board that where it is claimed that Income Tax paid by a wage-earning member of an applicant's household should be deducted from the amount of wages taken into account, the amount so paid is allowed as a special expense by an appropriate reduction of the amount of wages taken into account.

Photo of Miss Ellen Wilkinson Miss Ellen Wilkinson , Jarrow

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has already given an answer quite contrary to that, and that in the mining areas these deductions are not allowed?