HC Deb 06 April 1939 vol 345 cc2962-3
4. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that applicants to the Unemployment Assistance Board are now receiving determinations showing reduced allowances, and that in many cases these determinations are back-dated so that the time-limit for appeal against determination is already passed when the notice of reduction is received; and will he cause provision to be made to allow of appeals being lodged where the applicant can provide evidence that his notice was received after the statutory time-limit for appealing?

Mr. E. Brown

The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. The time limit of 14 days within which appeals from determinations must be lodged commences from the date on which the notification is issued to the applicant and not from the date on which the form was prepared in the Board's office. This position is clearly stated on the prescribed form notifying applicants of the determination and of their rights of appeal.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of the applicants are also under a misapprehension, and that it is necessary the matter should be made clear?

Mr. Brown

The hon. Member's question will, no doubt, serve that purpose.

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