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Family Incomes

Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will compare the net spending power in work and during the first 12 months of unemployment for a married man with two children age 10 and 14 years, previous earnings £5,000 per annum, with a £10,000 mortgage repayable over 25 years, with rates of £250, work expenses of £5 per week, and who became unemployed in week 26 of the current financial year.

I regret that meaningful comparisons spanning 12-month periods could not be provided without disproportionate expense.