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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 892: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what would be the estimated annual amount paid by way of supplementary benefit were unemployment to rise from the latest published figures to a level of 1 million.

Compared with the provisional seasonally adjusted figure for April, which was 759,800 excluding school leavers and adult students, the extra cost would be about £60 million a year, bringing the total cost to £315 million a year.