§ 28. Mr. Ovenden
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will now adopt a uniform policy towards the taxation or otherwise of all short-term social security benefits.
§ Mr. Joel Barnett
In principle all short-term benefits of an income nature should be taxable. But unemployment benefit, sickness benefit and maternity allowance are long-standing exceptions to this rule because of the administrative problems of collecting tax on them.