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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 929: debated on Monday 28 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what would be the cost of paying the long-term rate of supplementary benefits to the unemployed after (a) one and (b) two years on benefit;(2) what would be the cost of paying the long-term supplementary benefit rate after one year on benefit.

It is estimated that the additional cost in 1976–77 of paying long-term supplementary benefit rates in the following circumstances would have been of the order of:

£ million
All claimants after one year35
Unemployed claimants after one year20
Unemployed claimants after two years10