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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 35: debated on Tuesday 18 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied that administrative procedures result in sufficient information being given to local offices of his Department by those in receipt of redundancy payments when they make application for supplementary benefit.

Yes. New claims for supplementary benefit by unemployed people are now normally made on a postal application form. This form contains two direct questions specifically asking whether or not redundancy pay has been received or is owing, followed by supplementary questions asking for full details. If the information given by the claimant is unclear, local office staff will take action to resolve any doubt in the normal way.