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Unemployed Persons (Benefits)

Volume 29: debated on Thursday 28 October 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table in theOfficial Reportshowing(a)the administrative costs of paying supplementary benefit to the unemployed for the years 1980–81, 1981–82, and the expected costs for 1982–83 and(b)the administrative costs of paying unemployment benefit over the same period.

The information requested is as follows:

Administrative costs
£ million
1980–811981–821982–83
(a)Supplementary benefit for the unemployed178248271
(b)Unemployment benefit109133171
These figures are estimates of the proportion of administration costs which should be allocated to the benefits. Those for 1981–82 and 1982–83 may be subject to revision.