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Unemployment Benefit

Volume 155: debated on Wednesday 21 June 1922

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asked the Minister of Labour what was the total cost in 1921–22 of administering the payment of unemployed benefit, the amount distributed, and the percentage cost of all administrative charges to the benefit received by insured persons?

I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend a copy of the reply which I gave to a similar question on Wednesday last, in which I stated that the total cost referred to was approximately £5,150,000 of which about £3,635,000 was borne by the Unemployment Fund. In the current year, as my hon. Friend is doubtless aware, the whole of the cost of administration will be borne by the Unemployment Fund. The amount paid in benefit during 1921–22 was approximately £66,500,000 and the percentage cost of all administrative charges to benefit paid is about 7·75 for that year.