HC Deb 16 November 1976 vol 919 c487W
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.