Social Security : The Story of British Social Progress and the Beveridge Plan
1943 1943 1940s 3 preliminary leaves, 9-62 pages : illustrations, diagrams to-day." So he signed on for unemployment benefit. As he had served his three waiting days when he first fell sick, he probably would not have to serve them again now. His 24s. benefit would run straight on, provided...
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3 preliminary leaves, 9-62 pages : illustrations, diagrams
to-day." So he signed on for unemployment benefit. As he had served his three waiting days when he first fell sick, he probably would not have to serve them again now. His 24s. benefit would run straight on, provided that he signed the unemployed register every other day at the Exchange and did not refuse an offer of any apparently suitable job. Supposing he did so refuse, then he would be disallowed by the Insurance Officer ; but if he thought he had a case on the ground that he was not capable of this particular heavy work or that the job was too far from his home or the wages not good enough, he might decide to appeal to the local tribunal set up for this very purpose — the Court of Referees. In due course he would be summoned to attend the Court and plead his case. He would come before three people — the chairman, who is usually a lawyer or an ex-civil servant nominated by the Minister of Labour, sitting with one representative of workers and one of employers. The chairman reads the case paper and asks Adam all about it. If the Court find against him they can confirm the disallowance up to a maximum penalty of six weeks. The same penalty would be imposed if he had left his job without justification or had been sacked for misconduct. In Adam's case, however, the Court granted his appeal and allowed his benefit. They found that his doctor had strictly warned him only to take fairly light manual work ; it was doubtful, in view of his operation, whether he was any longer fit for an ordinary boilerman's job. Adam therefore continued to draw his 24s. per week, but he still could not get a job to suit him. In these post-war years the building trade was the obvious resource for men out of work. There was an abundance of new building, but pre-fabrication, concrete, plastics, and other new devices of the architects were transforming the industry, and there was nothing to suit Adam. 41