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Social Security Benefits: Industrial Disputes

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) how many people are eligible for benefits when taking industrial action;

(2) how many people claimed benefits during industrial action in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, (e) 2011 and (f) 2012 to date;

(3) what the total cost to the public purse was of people claiming benefits during industrial action in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, (e) 2011 and (f) 2012 to date.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Income support and jobseeker's allowance are not payable to single people or couples without dependents where both are involved in a trade dispute.

After seven days, a lone parent or a couple with children who are both involved in a trade dispute may be eligible for income support/jobseeker's allowance, housing benefit and/or council tax benefit. No benefit is payable in respect of the claimant or partner. Child tax credit is payable for the children.

After seven days, in the case of a couple where one member is involved in a trade dispute, they may be eligible for income support/jobseeker's allowance, housing benefit and/or council tax benefit. Benefit is payable at 50% of the couple rate. Premiums for the partner and housing costs may also be payable. Child tax credit is payable for any children.

The Department does not hold information on numbers and the related cost to the public purse of people claiming benefits during industrial action.

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