Amendment of Provisions for Determining Amount of Supplementary Benefit

Part of Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th July 1971.

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Photo of Mr Stan Orme Mr Stan Orme , Salford West 12:00 am, 8th July 1971

My argument is a little different from that of my hon. Friend; I am not in favour of employers doing this. I feel that if the worker is entitled to supplementary benefit he should be able to get it. We have argued that point in detail in Committee, and we want to put it on record in the House. We want it to be known that we are opposed to subbing. We feel that it is an indignity to the workers. We feel that the benefits—supplementary benefits or unemployment benefits—should be paid to workers who qualify. These are State benefits, to which everybody contributes. The Minister is removing some of our basic rights.