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Unemployment Benefit

Volume 990: debated on Thursday 7 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what would be the net cost at 1980– 81 benefit rates of (a) increasing flat rate unemployment benefit to the level of invalidity pension

£ million
Unemployment benefit payable at the equivalent rate ofPayable after 6 months unemploymentPayable for a further yearPayable as long as unemployment lasts
flat rate unemployment benefit50100
invalidity pension65140240
basic retirement pension75150250
It is not possible to give a reliable estimate of the number of claimants who would cease to qualify for supplementary benefit if unemployment benefit was paid at a higher rate or for longer periods. It is likely, however, that less than 100,000 persons would cease to qualify if unemployment benefit was paid as long as unemployment lasts.