§ Mr. Newton
Section 6(1)(b) of the Social Security (No. 2) Act 1980 requires that any supplementary benefit otherwise payable for the dependants of a striker shall be reduced by a specified sum, currently £15. This deduction does not depend upon, or assume, payment of strike pay. Information about the overall reduction in benefit expenditure as a result of this provision during the current miners' dispute is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.