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Social Security (No 2) Act 1980

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the savings in each national insurance benefit effected by section 4 of the Social Security (No. 2) Act 1980 from January 1982 in weekly terms of the average benefit payable to a claimant.

I gave estimates of the average amounts of earnings-related supplement and earnings-related allowance that would have been payable with new claims for benefit in 1982 if section 4 of the Social Security (No. 2) Act 1980 had not been enacted, in reply to the hon. Member's question on 29 July 1980.—[Vol. 989, c. 616.] Revised estimates, based on the latest available statistics for earnings-related benefits updated to the 1980–81 tax year in line with earnings index figures, are as follows:

Sickness benefit£13·00
Unemployment benefit£11·20
Injury benefit£14·10
Maternity allowance£8·80
Widow's allowance£14·90
Unemployed claimants by benefit entitlement
Great Britain (thousands)
DateUnemployment benefit onlyUnemployment benefit and supplementary allowanceSupplementary allowance onlyNo Benefit*
February 1978468134548260
February 1979450105524205
February 1980470101496219
February 1981940225735294

Source: 100 per cent. count of claimants to unemployment benefit or credits.

* Includes those whose benefit entitlement had not been determined at the date of the count.