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Short-Time Working Compensation Scheme

Volume 19: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will review the lutes governing payment of short-time working compensation scheme employment subsidies.

The temporary short-time working compensation scheme is reviewed annually. On 15 December 1981, my right hon. Friend announced, in a statement on training and special employment measures, certain changes affecting the scheme. These are that the scheme will be extended by two years and will then close, with the last application being taken in March 1984; and that from July 1982 the maximum period of support will be six months.We have no plans to alter the conditions of the scheme before this year's annual review.