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Unemployed People (Dependants)

Volume 114: debated on Thursday 9 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the numbers dependent on unemployed persons in receipt of unemployment benefit or supplementary benefit; and if he will identify how many are (a) spouses, (b) children under 16 years and (c) children over 16 years.

The latest available information is given in the table:

Number of Dependants (000s)
AdultUnder 19 years
Claimant in receipt of Unemployment benefit only175ยท7n.a.
Unemployment benefit and Supplementary benefit21353209
Supplementary benefit only25813916
1 As at November 1986. Figure includes persons having care of claimant's child as well as spouse.
2 Estimate as at February 1986. Figures are for partners.
3 Estimate as at February 1986. No age breakdown of the numbers of children available.