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Employment Transfer And Job Search Schemes

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any plans to increase the grants and allowances which are available under the employment transfer scheme and the job search scheme.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the grants and allowances available under the employment transfer and job search

Grant or allowancePresent rateRate from 1 April 1980
CONTINUING LIABILITY ALLOWANCE£17 per week (maximum)£20 per week (maximum)
DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE (payable to workers without dependants who transfer from Special Development Areas to areas of lower assisted status or to non-assisted areas):
First 3 months£14 per week£17 per week
Subsequent 9 months£7 per week£8·50 per week
RETENTION OF LODGINGS ALLOWANCE£7 per week£8·50 per week
TRANSFER GRANT (for workers with dependants, and workers without dependants who owned or rented unfurnished property in their home areas, who move to unfurnished property in the new area):
(i) Ex-TOPS Trainee rate (for workers who have completed a course of training under the Training Opportunities Scheme)£800£900
(ii) Enhanced rate (for workers moving from Special Development and Development Areas to Areas of lower or non-assisted status; for workers from Special Development and Development Areas who are ex-textile and clothing industry workers or who are eligible under the Skill Shortage Mobility Experiment)£575£700
(iii) Basic rate (for workers not entitled to the enhanced rate or ex-TOPS rate)£175£200
LEGAL EXPENSES GRANT (¾ of the total of estate agent's fees and legal etc. expenses up to a maximum of):
(i)Sale£300 (maximum)£360 (maximum)
(ii) Purchase£195 (maximum)£235 (maximum)
LODGING ALLOWANCE (paid to those who are looking for work in a new area under the arrangements for a Speculative Temporary Transfer):
First night£5·75£6·50
Subsequent nights£4·00£5·00