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Unemployment Benefit (Women)

Volume 155: debated on Monday 12 June 1922

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of women in receipt of unemployment benefit on 10th June; how many have been placed in domestic service by the various Exchanges during the preceding month; how many cases there have been in the same period where such employment has been offered and not accepted; and what action has been taken in respect of them?

The number of women in Great Britain in receipt of unemployment benefit at 29th May, the latest date for which figures are available, was about 85,000; the number of women placed by Employment Exchanges in domestic service during the month ended 8th May was 8,868. No separate record is kept of the number of cases in which women refuse to accept suitable employment in domestic service. But in all such cases unemployment benefit is at once disallowed. I may add that during the month of May the chief insurance officer disallowed benefit to 1,315 women for refusal to accept suitable employment offered to them.