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Unemployed Persons

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much money has been paid out in (a) unemployment benefit and (b) social security benefits to those who are unemployed and their families in each of the past 10 years, including the figure so far for 1977.

The information is as follows:

EXPENDITURE ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
PAYABLE BECAUSE OF UNEMPLOYMENT
YearUnemployment benefit £ millionSupplementary benefit paid to the unemployed £ million
1967–6812262
1968–6912375
1969–7012774
1970–7115088
1971–72239148
1972–73209182
1973–74174159
1974–75214190
1975–76454365
1976–77559558
April to July 1977 inclusive184200