§ Mr. Burden
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether work within the acting profession may be classified as full time for the purposes of his Department's rules and regulations concerning income support and unemployment benefit claims.
§ Mr. Burt
People working less than 16 hours a week may qualify for income support provided they are available for work for not less than 24 hours a week. The rules apply in the same way to people who are employed or self-employed, whatever type of work they are engaged in.
Unemployment benefit may be payable for each day of unemployment in which a person earns £2 or less. But it is not payable for any week in which a person earns not less than £54 (the weekly earnings limit for national insurance contributions).