§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to reintroduce some form of wage stop so that a person cannot earn more by not working than that person could by working.
§ Mr. Orme
No. Our decision to abolish the supplementary benefit wage stop last year was supported by Members of all three major parties. To revive such a restriction, which affected only a very small number—mostly men with larger families and poor employment prospects—would harm some of the most deprived families in the country.