§ Mr. Norman Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether, if a worker refuses to accept a wage settlement imposed by his employer and this is then consequently held by his employer to constitute his voluntary departure from his employment, he loses unemployment benefit; and in what circumstances he retains his right to receive that benefit.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Under section 20(i)(a) of the Social Security Act 1975, a person can be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefit for up to six weeks if 150W he leaves work voluntarily without just cause. Each case is decided by the independent statutory authorities in the light of the individual circumstances and in accordance with the Act and case law derived from Commissioners' decisions.