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Job Release Scheme

Volume 201: debated on Tuesday 14 January 1992

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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 the job release scheme.

Although the job release scheme closed to new applicants on 31 January 1988, the allowance will continue to be paid to participants for up to five years. Following our annual review, the allowances payable from 6 April 1992 under the job release scheme will be as follows:

Those who are married with a dependent wife whose net income from all sources does not exceed £17 a week: £94·45 taxable. Those who do not have a dependent wife or whose wife's income exceeds £17 a week: £77·80 taxable. The spouses earnings limit which affects whether the higher or lower rate is paid has been raised to £17 from £16.