HC Deb 21 November 1966 vol 736 cc214-5W
Mr. Concannon

asked the Minister of Social Security if she will allow the earnings-related benefit payment period of 156 days to commence on 6th October 1966.

Miss Herbison

A claimant whose period of sickness or unemployment begins after the start of the new scheme on 6th October 1966 can get up to 156 days' supplement. The intention of the supplement is to provide for the early months of absence from work and the extent to which it is payable to a claiment who was already getting flat-rate benefit at the start of the new scheme must accordingly depend on the length of time for which he had then been sick or unemployed.