Unemployment Insurance Act 1924

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The Unemployment Insurance Act 1924 was passed when the British Labour Party was in power in 1924. The Act arose from a dispute over the means testing of benefits. The Labour Cabinet disagreed on whether means testing should be abolished or whether such a move would prove too costly. The compromise was that the test for receiving benefits would be whether a person was "genuinely seeking work". The 1924 Act extended to "genuinely seeking work" test to all benefited claims. [1]


  1. ^ "Reform and the Great Depression". The National Archives. Retrieved 2012-02-04.