HC Deb 22 November 1977 vol 939 cc680-1W
Mr. Brotherton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to prevent the practice of students claiming supplementary benefits in the interval between the opening registration day and the special late registration day of their college.

Mr. Orme

Any claim for supplementary benefit made in this period would fail unless the student could show that his term-time grant income left him below his supplementary benefit level and—except where he was severely handicapped or was a single parent—that he remained, after the normal first day of the college term, able and willing to do any suitable work. It is only rarely that a student would be able to satisfy both these conditions.