Unemployment Insurance Act 1924

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]

Unemployment Insurance Act 1924
Long titleAn Act to repeal proviso (2) to section two of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1923.
Citation1924 c.1
Royal assent21 February 1924
Commencement21 February 1924
Other legislation
Repealed byUnemployment Insurance (No. 2) Act 1924, Third Schedule
Relates toUnemployment Insurance Act 1920, Unemployment Insurance Act 1923,
Status: Repealed


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