Unemployed Persons (Supplementary Benefit)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th January 1977.

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Photo of Mr Eric Deakins Mr Eric Deakins , Waltham Forest Walthamstow 12:00 am, 11th January 1977

It has got nothing whatever to do with the social contract but everything to do with the way in which our national insurance system works. In May last year 43 per cent. of the registered unemployed receiving supplementary benefit did so only because their entitlement to unemployment benefit had lapsed. In addition, 44 per cent. got supplementary benefit and not full unemployment benefit because their contribution records were deficient in some way.