HC Deb 09 November 1976 vol 919 cc122-3W
Mr. Sproat

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) in what circumstances a person is allowed to draw unemployment benefits, although that person is working but is being paid in goods rather than in money;

(2) what entitlement persons in part-time or full-time work have to unemployment benefit;

(3) what disregard of weekly wages or income is disregarded for purposes of unemployment benefit; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Orme

A person who is engaged in full-time paid employment cannot satisfy the conditions for entitlement to unemployment benefit on days when he is so employed. A person who is engaged in part-time employment may be entitled to unemployment benefit if—

  1. (a) his daily earnings do not exceed 75p; and
  2. (b) he is available for full-time work, and his part-time employment would not interfere with his taking up such full-time work; and
  3. (c) if his part-time employment is in employed earner's employment, it is not in his usual main occupation.

Where a person is paid in goods rather than money, the cash value of the goods is taken into account for the purpose of condition (a) above.