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Benefits

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing expenditure on each of short-term national insurance benefits and supplementary benefits, at current and at 1978 prices, in every year since 1966, distinguishing between payments to people with and without dependent children and between two-parent families and one-parent families, and including the numbers of claimants and children involved.

Some information is not held in the form requested and some could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The first table shows the total cost of each of the short-term national insurance benefits and supplementary allowance without differentiating between persons with and without children. Supplementary allowances will include the cost of long-term rates paid to some persons in receipt of supplementary allowance for two years or more. The

TABLE 1
£ million
Sickness benefitUnemployment benefitMaternity allowanceInjury benefitSupplementary allowance
Current prices1978 pricesCurrent prices1978 pricesCurrent prices1978 pricesCurrent prices1978 pricesCurrent prices1978 prices
1966–6726285978256175632105132433
1967–683231,043122394165235113193623
1968–693481,061123375195834104221674
1969–703861,11912736819553499245710
1970–713791,02715040619513389279756
1971–7232680523959022543177366904
1972–7329568120948323533376416961
1973–7431466317436725533472412869
1974–7535864421438531563563532958
1975–76443629454645405739557791,106
1976–77518648559699668246581,0601,325
1977–78613662629679778350541,3161,421
1978–79*655655688688858551511,3901,390
* Estimated
TABLE 2
Thousands
Sickness benefit*Unemployment benefit †Maternity allowance ‡Injury benefit*Supplementary allowances ç
ClaimantsChildrenClaimantsChildrenClaimantsChildrenClaimantsChildrenClaimantsChildren
1966–67N/AN/A276217249N/A74N/AN/AN/A
1967–68903N/A3182572441976N/A753695
1968–69934N/A2942352411776N/A777737
1969–70923N/A2792172321472N/A813770
1970–71932N/A3022172391365N/A836783
1971–72857433459343243135652990958
1972–734552983522292211155501,002941
1973–74449299197131214105349831789
1974–7545530925918121685049872867
1975–764032845253222521145431,1131,069
1976–77424288587362243949391,2531,166
1977–78452302561284N/AN/A46371,2531,149
1978–79N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A1,215N/A
* Numbers in receipt of sickness and injury benefit are based on a sample of claims made on a day in June. Long-term sickness cases received invalidity benefit from 23rd September 1971.
† Numbers in receipt of unemployment benefit are based on a 5 per cent, sample of claims made on a day in November except for 1976 which was a 4 per cent, sample in May.
% Numbers for maternity allowance are the number of claims in the year ending March based on a sample The numbers of children are also annual figures but the relevant year ending was not March in all years.
ç The numbers of supplementary allowance claimants will include some persons in receipt of the short-term national insurance benefits. Prior to November 1977 the figures were obtained by counting live documents in supplementary benefit local offices. From that date the figures are estimates derived from a sample of cases receiving a payment for the week of the inquiry and exclude some cases previously included in the count. With the exception of 1978, which is based on a May sample, figures relate to a week in November.