HC Deb 04 May 1928 vol 163 cc1794-5W

asked the Minister of Labour in how many trades and in how many districts more is being paid by way of the unemployment dole than would actually be received by the recipients of the dole were they in complete and full work?


The weekly rates of benefit under the Unemployment Insurance Acts are as follow:

  • Men, 15s. (with 5s. for a dependent wife, and 1s. for each dependent child under 14—or, in certain cases, 16 years of age).
  • Women, 12s.
  • Boys under 18, 7s. 6d.
  • Girls under 18, 6s.
For example, in the case of a man with a wife and two young children dependent on him, the weekly rate would be 22s. So far as is known to the Department, there are no districts in which the earnings for a full week's work in insured occupations are not higher than the above rates of benefit.