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Unemployment Costs

Volume 986: debated on Friday 20 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the cost to the Government of an unemployed married man with two children, compared with employing the same man in the special temporary employment programme.

[pursuant to his reply, 18 June 1980, c. 508]: I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the average gross cost of employing a person on the special temporary employment programme is £72·20 per week. Unemployment and supplementary benefits payable to an unemployed married man with two children range from £42·00 to £52·20 per week according to the age of the children and the length of his unemployment.