§ 1. Mr. James Hall
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that applicants to the Unemployment Assistance Board's office at West India Dock Road for a supplementary grant have been forced to wait for a period before the grant has been allowed; and will he have inquiries made with a view to bringing about the discontinuance of this waiting period in cases where those on standard benefit are entitled to receive a supplementary grant?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The Board inform me that there is no question of requiring a waiting period in these cases as a matter of rule and irrespective of the individual circumstances. Cases do, however, occur in which the recent employment history and the remuneration received provide grounds for the view that the applicant is not in need of a supplementary grant immediately on cessation of work. Each case is dealt with on its merits, and, when need is established, an allowance is granted.
§ Mr. Brown
The figures for the area show that between 1st April, 1937, and 30th June, 1938, 1,152 applications for supplementary assistance were received at the office in West India Dock Road; that in 90 cases it was refused on the ground that there were outside resources, and that in 1,019 of the remaining 1,062 cases the grant was allowed immediately on application.
§ 16. Mr. George Hall
asked the Minister of Labour the number of applicants for assistance under the Unemployment Assistance Board in South Wales who have suffered reductions in their assessment from July, 1937, to the end of May, 1938, for the reason that their allowance 557 was in excess of their assessment under the revised regulations; and will he give the figures separately for each area affected, also the total saving to the board as the result of these reductions?
As the reply contains a table of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the reply:
§ The table below shows the number of applicants for assistance in the Board's administrative areas in South Wales who, on the dates indicated, were in receipt of allowances which had been reduced by way of adjustment of the standstill arrangements otherwise than on account of personal earnings. The same individuals may be included on more than one of these dates. Information regarding the total sums involved by the decreases is not available.
|U.A.B. Administrative Area.||30th July,1937.||31st December, 1937||29th April,1938 (e).|
|Cardiff 1. (a)||48||50||230|
|Port Talbot (d)||609||639||729|
|Totals for Administrative Districts of Cardiff, New port and Swansea.||4,376||5,062||9,401|
- (a) includes the Outstation Area of Barry.
- (b) includes the Outstation Areas of Pembroke Dock and Cardigan.
- (c) includes the Outstation Area of Gorseinon.
- (d) includes the Outstation Area of Neath.
- (e) latest date for which statistics were obtained.