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Unemployment Review Officers

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he intends to alter the powers of unemployment review officers to give grants (a) to cover the costs of working clothes and essential tools for persons starting work and (b) to cover the proven travelling expenses of persons seeking work.

The current discretionary powers operated by unemployment review and other officers on behalf of the Supplementary Benefits Commission will be replaced from November by regulations under the Social Security Act 1980 which will normally seek to continue existing policy.