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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice -

1.   What is the permissible income which may be received by an applicant for Commonwealth unemployment benefit before he becomes ineligible?

2.   How is the permissible income calculated?

3.   If the recipient of unemployment benefit, or his wife, obtains a little casual work which takes their income above the permissible figure in any week, is the name of the husband immediately removed from the list of recipients of unemployment benefit?

4.   If so, for what period of time is payment of unemployment benefit denied, and does the person concerned qualify for payment in the week immediately following the cessation of employment without any waiting period?

Mr Roberton - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The amounts of income which preclude payment of unemployment benefit are -

Single persons -

2.   The allowable income is calculated on a weekly basis and includes the income of both husband and wife.

3.   No. A recipient of unemployment benefit -does not lose his entitlement to benefit simply because he obtains casual work unless in each" of any four consecutive benefit weeks his income, together with any earnings or other income of his wife, equals or exceeds the benefit plus allowable income. It is only after the fourth consecutive week that he would be required to lodge a new claim and serve a fresh waiting period of seven days. Payment of benefit is, of course, not made in respect of any week in which the total income exceeds the allowable limit.

4.   See answer to Np. 3.

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