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Unemployment Payments

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on unemployment payments in each of the last 30 years at today’s prices. (93585)

The available information is in the following table.

Unemployment benefits expenditure, Great Britain (real terms, 2006-07 prices)

£ million

UB

JSA(C)

SB/IS1

JSA(IB)

1976-77

Outturn

2,734

3n/a

1977-78

Outturn

2,708

3n/a

1978-79

Outturn

2,452

1,998

1979-80

Outturn

2,168

1,737

1980-81

Outturn

3,597

2,232

1981-82

Outturn

4,367

3,880

1982-83

Outturn

3,595

6,152

1983-84

Outturn

3,430

7,461

1984-85

Outturn

3,436

8,121

1985-86

Outturn

3,282

8,704

1986-87

Outturn

3,471

8,679

1987-88

Outturn

2,783

7,556

1988-89

Outturn

1,961

5,396

1989-90

Outturn

1,213

4,353

1990-91

Outturn

1,335

4,512

1991-92

Outturn

2,321

6,077

1992-93

Outturn

2,469

7,544

1993-94

Outturn

2,259

7,846

1994-95

Outturn

1,750

6,980

1995-96

Outturn

1,443

6,319

1996-97

Outturn

21,164

2

2,985

2,320

1997-98

Outturn

584

4,201

1998-99

Outturn

568

3,694

1999-2000

Outturn

539

3,285

2000-01

Outturn

518

2,824

2001-02

Outturn

532

2,417

2002-03

Outturn

569

2,309

2003-04

Outturn

542

2,193

2004-05

Outturn

465

1,851

2005-06

Estimate outturn

500

1,844

2006-07

Plans

530

1,931

1 Supplementary benefit and income support figures are for expenditure on unemployed claimants only.

2 1996-97 figure for UB includes JSA(C).

3 Information for SB is not available prior to 1978-79

Notes:

1. UB = unemployment benefit; SB = supplementary benefit; IS = income support; JSA(C) = contributory jobseeker’s allowance; JSA(IB) = income-based jobseeker’s allowance

2. Figures are consistent with the Budget Report 2006.

3. Historic figures have been collated from departmental reports and accounts of DWP and its predecessor Departments.

4. Expenditure for 2005-06 reflects the latest benefit-by-benefit estimate of outturn, and not the amounts voted by Parliament.

Source:

DWP Expenditure tables.