HC Deb 06 June 1984 vol 61 cc197-8W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if non-trade unionists involved in industrial action are assessed for purposes of supplementary benefit as if they were receiving strike pay.

Dr. Boyson

Section 6 of the Social Security (No. 2) Act 1980 provides for a specified sum, currently £15, to be deducted from any supplementary benefit otherwise payable where the requirements of a member of the assessment unit are disregarded because of his involvement in trade dispute. The rule affects anyone to whom the provisions of section 8 of the Supplementary Benefits Act 1976—persons affected by trade disputes—apply, irrespective of whether or not the person is a member of a trade union.