HC Deb 22 December 1983 vol 51 cc380-1W
Mr. Madden

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make arrangements for those who are engaged, part-time, as labourers on Manpower Service Commission courses, to be eligible in the same way as those employed as labourers on such courses, full-time, to be able to secure lump sum payments from his Department to pay for working clothes and boots.

Dr. Boyson

The Supplementary Benefit (Single Payments) Regulations provide for such payments to be made only when the claimant is starting full-time work, including full-time work on the Manpower Services Commission's community programme, but not training courses. I accept that there are arguments for amending these regulations to cover part-time work as well as full-time work, but any decision to do so must depend on the availability of resources and other priorities for improvement to the supplementary benefit scheme.