Employment Incentives

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th May 1976.

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Photo of Sir John Cope Sir John Cope , Gloucestershire South 12:00 am, 25th May 1976

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to ensure that it pays to work.

Photo of Mr Eric Deakins Mr Eric Deakins , Waltham Forest Walthamstow

The question of financial incentives to work is a highly complex one, involving wage levels, taxation, social security benefits and other benefits, such as rent and rate rebates. We are keeping this question under review.

Photo of Sir John Cope Sir John Cope , Gloucestershire South

Are this scroungers' Government so insulated from the anger of people who do a good day's work that they do not realise that such waffle and such policies make it more difficult to have compassion in a geniune case?

Photo of Mr Eric Deakins Mr Eric Deakins , Waltham Forest Walthamstow

The hon. Gentleman should recognise that the vast majority of unemployed people in this country want to work. It is a matter of much greater public concern that we should be losing the productive capacity of the large number of people who are unemployed and who want to work. That is what should be troubling the hon. Gentleman.

Later

Photo of Mr Bob Cryer Mr Bob Cryer , Keighley

On a point of order Mr. Speaker. During Question Time one Opposition Member made a claim about scroungers on social security. May I ask you to rule whether such Members should declare their interests, so that, when they are receiving £5,750 a year at the taxpayers' expense and scrounging fees from directorships and/or parliamentary adviserships, people outside—

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

Order. It is quite clear that that is not a point of order. It is a debating point.