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NEW RATES OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT FOR YOUTH.

From t he b e g i n n i n g of November, new r a t e s of unempl oyment b e n e f i t f o r

peopl e under 21 came i n t o e f f e c t , l o c a l F e d e r a l M. P. P h i l i p Ruddock

adv i s e d t h i s week.

Young unempl yed pe opl e between 18 and 20 y e a r s of age who ar e s i n g l e

and who have no dependant s w i l l · r e c e i v e a s p e c i a l · ad hoc i n c r e a s e of

$3 a week in t h e i r r a t e of b e n e f i t but w i l l not r e c e i v e t he a u t o m a t i c

i n c r e a s e whi ch was due t hr ough i n d e x a t i o n .

The i n c r e a s e w i l l t a k e t h i s i n t e r m e d i a t e r a t e of b e n e f i t t o $ 8 8 . 2 0

per week. ,

Unempl oyed yout h aged 16 - 17 who ar e s i n g l e w i t h no dependant s w i l l ,

i f t he y have been on b e n e f i t f o r l ess t han s i x · m o n t h s , r e c e i v e a $5

per week i n c r e a s e .

Thi s w i l l t a k e t h e j u n i o r r a t e of unempl oyment b e n e f i t t o a s t a n d a r d

$50 a week r a t e , an amount whi ch was p r e v i o u s l y pai d o n l y t o peopl e

who had been on b e n e f i t c o n t i n u o u s l y f o r s i x months or mor e.

Mr Ruddock s a i d t h a t w h i l s t no one woul d wi sh t o see t hos e i n need

bei ng d i s a d v a n t a g e d , he b e l i e v e d t h a t more j o b s , r a t h e r t han more

a l l o w a n c e s , was t h e c o r r e c t answer t o t h i s c o u n t r y ' s yout h

unempl oyment pr obl em.

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

OFFICE OF P H ILIP R U D D O C K . M.P.

MEMBER FOR DUNDAS

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