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Benefit Payments

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 22 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage of total disbursements financed by national insurance contributions have been in respect of benefits or parts of benefits to which self-employed contributors are not entitled, expressed as an average over the last five years, 1970 to 1974.

The following table gives the cost of benefits over the last five years showing separately the cost of those benefits or parts of benefits not normally payable to the self-employed. The latter are unemployment benefit, earnings-related supplements to sickness benefit and widow's allowance, graduated retirement benefit and industrial injuries benefits. The cost of the latter benefits amounts to a little under 12·5 per cent. of total benefit expenditure over the last five years or 10·6 per cent. over the last financial year.

Year ended 31st March Benefit






(a) £m.(b) Per cent.(a) £m.(b) Per cent.(a) £m.(b) Per cent.(a) £m.(b) Per cent.(a) £m.(b) Per cent.
Unemployment benefit1275·21505·72397·82096·01744·4
Sickness benefit (flat-rate)32413·231311·92618·52196·32315·8
Sickness benefit (earnings related supplement)592·4612·3622·0722·1751·9
Widows benefit (flat-rate)1566·41626·21906·32136·12386·0
Widows benefit (earnings-related allowance)60·260·260·270·270·2
Retirement pension (flat-rate)1,61765·91,76567·12,02866·12,34667·72,72268·2
Graduated retirement benefit100·4130·5170·6230·7300·8
Invalidity benefit913·01965·72426·1
Maternity benefit381·5401·5421·4421·2421·1
Lump-sum payments771·9
Other National Insurance benefits130·5120·5140·5140·4140·4
Industrial injuries benefit1054·31094·11153·71253·61383·5
Total amount of benefit not normally paid to the self-employed30712·533912·943914·343612·642410·6
(a) Actual cost of benefit.
(b) Cost of benefit as a percentage of total benefit expenditure.