HC Deb 19 March 1936 vol 310 cc634-5W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the number of applications for unemployment insurance benefit dealt with by the court of referees in the borough of Southwark, Walworth Road (Borough Exchange), for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date; the number that were allowed and disallowed, respectively; and the reasons for which allowance was refused?


The available statistics of claims considered by courts of referees do not distinguish between claims for insurance benefit and for unemployment allowances. The total number of claims dealt with by the Borough (Walworth Road) court of referees during the period 1st March, 1935, to 29th February, 1936, was 4,708; of these, 1,495 were allowed by the court, and 3,213 were disallowed, on the following grounds:

Not normally insurable and/or will not normally seek to obtain livelihood by means of insurable employment 279
Anomalies Regulations, No. 4 (married women) 440
Employment left voluntarily without just cause 1,323
Employment lost through misconduct 696
Failure or refusal to apply for or accept suitable employment, or failure to carry out written directions 211
Not capable of work or not available for work 115
Other grounds 149

The figures relate to claims, and the number of separate individuals concerned is not available. They are exclusive of claims, by persons already entitled to benefit, for an increase in the rate of benefit in respect of dependants.