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Youth Training Scheme (Benefit Savings)

Volume 26: debated on Tuesday 29 June 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what savings in supplementary benefit and other social security payments are expected to be made in 1983–84 as a result of the participation by young people who would otherwise have been unemployed in the youth training scheme.

In view of the number of variables involved, it is not possible to give a firm estimate of the figure sought by the hon. Member. However, as a rough guide we estimate that the net saving of expenditure—reduced payments of benefits offset by additional payments of training allowances—will be about £20 million compared with the position if the youth opportunities programme had continued.