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Job Release Schemes

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will announce the results of the review of the rates of allowance payable under both the job release scheme and the part-time job release scheme.

Although the job release scheme closed on 31 January 1988, the allowances will continue to be paid to participants for up to five years. Following our annual review, the allowances payable from 11 April 1988 under the job release schemes will be as follows:

Full-time Scheme

For disabled men who entered the scheme aged 60, 61, 62 and 63:

for those who are married with a dependent wife whose net income from all sources does not exceed £13 a week—£75·50 a week, taxable;
for all other disabled men £62·15 a week, taxable.

For women who entered the scheme aged 59 and men who entered the scheme aged 64:

for those who are married with a dependent spouse whose net income from all sources does not exceed £13 a week —£70·25 a week, tax free;
for all others £56·05 a week, tax free.

Part-time Scheme

The part-time job release scheme closed on 30 May 1986. However, the rates of allowance for those who entered the scheme on or before that date will be as follows:

For disabled men who entered the part-time scheme aged 60 and 61 and men who entered the part-time scheme aged 62 and 63:
who are married with a dependent wife whose net income from all sources does not exceed £13 a week—£44·70 a week, taxable;
for all others £37·25 a week, taxable.
(There are no longer any participants receiving the tax-free allowance on the part-time scheme.)