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April 15, 1933

British Experience With Unemployment Insurance: A Summary of Evidence Taken by the Royal Commission on Unemployment Insurance.

JAMA. 1933;100(15):1202. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740150060033

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The growth of British unemployment insurance is traced from the limited act of 1911 covering a little more than 2,000,000 workers with total weekly contributions in the highest class of about 15 cents and with merely assistance relief to the present one covering all earning less than about $1,200 a year, with the exception of a few special classes. These various extensions were urged by nearly all the parties involved except some employers. This scheme grew out of a voluntary system of union benefits and at first the restrictions limited the benefit to $1.70 a week, to fifteen weeks in any twelve months, and no individual could draw more than one week's benefit for any five contributions paid. The depression and continuous demands for further relief caused the expansion of various phases of the scheme and required heavy contributions from taxation. The efforts of certain provisions to stabilize employment are

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