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Employed And Self-Employed Persons

Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 8 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage of self-employed persons claimed sickness benefit in 1974; and what percentage of employed persons claimed the benefit, at the latest date for which figures are available.

Information is not available in the precise form requested, but the following table compares days of sickness benefit and invalidity benefit, in proportion to the numbers of employed and self-employed persons at risk, in the statistical year 1972–73.

DAYS OF BENEFIT IN THE PERIOD 51TH JUNE 1972 TO 2ND JUNE 1973 EXPRESSED AS A RATE PER 100 PERSONS AT RISK
Sickness BenefitInvalidity Benefit
Males
Class 1842746
Class 2455597
Females
Class 1742591
Class 2423626
Males and Females
Class 1818709
Class 2453599
Class 1—Employed Persons.
Class 2—Self-employed Persons.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost of sickness benefits to self-employed persons and employed persons in the years 1970 to 1974; and, for each category, how much this represents per person per year.

Class 1 contributions give entitlement to flat-rate benefit and earnings-related supplement while Class 2 contributions only give entitlement to flat-rate benefits. The estimated amounts of benefits on this basis are as follows:

Cost of benefits*m.)
yearEmployed personsSelf-employed persons
1969–7036617
1970–7135717
1971–7239321
1972–7346324
1973–7452127
Average amount per person at risk
yearEmployed personsSelf-employed persons
1969–7020·1011·50
1970–7119·9011·30
1971–7222·1013·60
1972–7326·2015·30
1973–7429·5017·40
* Including invalidity benefit from 23rd September 1971.
† Including earnings-related supplement.