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Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost in benefits of an individual male and an individual female unemployed person in each of the past five years.

Based on an analysis of unemployment benefit recipients the estimated average benefit cost of male and female unemployed beneficiaries is given in the table :

YearMale £Female £

Note: The estimates cover unemployment benefit, supplementary benefit and housing benefit. They do not include other benefits that may be in payment, for example child benefit.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the number of supplementary benefit claimants and the total sum paid in the six Liverpool constituencies in 1979 and in the current year.

The six Liverpool constituencies are covered, for supplementary benefit purposes, by 11 of the Department's offices; but their boundaries are not conterminous. The numbers of people receiving supplementary benefit from those offices on 10 February 1987, the latest date for which information is available, were 138,287 and 20 February 1979 were 90,515.I regret that information about the total sum paid is not available.

Source: 100 per cent. count of cases in action.