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Uncovenanted Benefit

Volume 154: debated on Monday 15 May 1922

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asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that when single men and women Jiving at home with relations have exhausted their benefits, so far as their stamps on the card allow, owing to the new instructions received at the various Employment Exchanges they are being refused benefit; that this is causing great hardship to the parents who have to support their single sons and daughters; and the reasons why such people have been refused unemployment benefit?

I have been asked to reply. In order that the limited resources of the Unemployment Fund may be conserved for the assistance of those whose need is greatest, directions have been given, in the exercise of the discretion conferred by statute, that uncovenanted benefit should not ordinarily be paid to single men or women residing with parents or other relatives, unless their parents or other relatives are unemployed, or, if in employment, do not together earn sufficient, having regard to their responsibilities, to enable them to undertake the support of the applicant during unemployment,