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Unemployed Persons (Costs)

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average cost, in terms of benefits paid, of a workless person in the United Kingdom using the most recently available figures.

Average payment of unemployment benefit and supplementary benefit to the unemployed was £30·13 per week during the first quarter of 1981.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total cost of benefits paid to the unemployed during 1980–81; and to what extent this varied from the expectations contained in the March 1980 Public Expenditure White Paper.

About £2,460 million on unemployment benefit and supplementary benefit to the unemployed in Great Britain; an increase of £345 million on the sum included in the White Paper.