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Steel Workers (Payments)

Volume 24: debated on Tuesday 25 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry why all benefits under the European Communities (Iron and Steel Employees' Readaption Scheme) Regulations 1979 are paid four weeks in arrears.

Benefits payable under this scheme vary with the individual circumstances of the beneficiaries. Amounts payable can be correctly assessed only after confirmation, as appropriate, of employment status, attendance at training courses, the level of new earnings and the amount of any other State benefits in payment. Four weeks is the minimum time needed to enable this information to be obtained from other Government Departments, new employers, and training establishments.