§ Mr. Frank Field
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if Whitsun school leavers who return to school only to take examinations qualify for supplementary benefit under the same terms as Easter leavers.
§ Mr. Newton
Questions of individual entitlement to benefit are determined by the independent adjudicating authorities. However, I understand that the Chief Adjudication Officer's guidance would be that Whitsun leavers who have attended school full-time after Easter will not be entitled to Supplementary Benefit.