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Job Release Scheme

Volume 82: debated on Wednesday 10 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish a table showing for each year since the inception of the job release scheme the yearly increments under the scheme, the changes in tax allowance under the scheme, the change in average adult earnings, the change in the level of the retirement pension and the rate of inflation.

The information is as follows:

Weekly increase in untaxed job release increase allowanceGross weekly increase in taxable job release allowance
Higher rateLower rateHigher rateLower rate
Month when job release allowance was increased
November 19773·50
July 19788·50
April 19795·005·00
April 19805·504·5013·0011·50
April 19815·004·006·004·50
April 19824·503·505·004·50
April 19832·754·203·202·60
April 19842·902·303·352·75
April 19852·351·950·601·00


1. Job Release Scheme became operational on 1 January 1977.

2. A higher rate of allowance for an applicant's whose spouse's income was less than £11 per week was introduced in July 1978.

3. A taxable allowance for those on the Scheme for more than twelve months was introduced in April 1980. The allowance was set so that, on average, those on the taxable scheme received no less after tax than those on the untaxed scheme.

Level of personal tax allowance

Single rate

Married rate



Financial year

Percentage increase in average adult earnings

Men aged 21 or over

Women aged 18 or over

April 1977–78+13·4+10·6
April 1978–79+13·8+11·7
April 1979–80+22·8+25·1
April 1980–81+12·916·0
April 1981–82+10·0+8·3
April 1982–83+8·4+9·9
April 1983–84+8·4+7·0

Change in weekly basic state retirement pension


November 1979+2·20
November 1978+2·00
November 1979+4·00
November 19803·65
November 19812·45
November 19823·25
November 19831·20
November 1984+1·75
November 1985+2·50


Increases in these pensions become effective in November each year and since November 1983 have been based on the Retail Price Index in the previous May.

Percentage rate of inflation

April 1977–19787·9
April 1978–197910·1
April 1979–198021·8
April 1980–198112·0
April 1981–19829·4
April 1982–19834·0
April 1983–19845·2
April 1984–19856·9