HC Deb 24 October 1972 vol 843 cc238-9W
Sir D. Walker-Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what extent his intentions in reducing the disregards in respect of strike pay in the computation of eligibility for social service benefits have been affected by the failure of trade unions to provide strike pay to members engaged in industrial disputes; and whether, in the circumstances, he proposes a further review of such eligibility.

Sir K. Joseph

The aim of reducing to £1 the amount of a striker's personal resources to be disregarded for supplementary benefit purposes was to carry out fully Parliament's intentions in the Ministry of Social Security Act, 1966, that a striker should not receive benefit for his own requirements. The Government are considering as part of their review whether any further changes are required.