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Jobseeker's Allowance

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many constituencies more people claimed job seeker’s allowance at the end of 2006 than at the end of 1997. (118900)

Nationally, the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance in Great Britain in December 2006 was a third less than in December 1997.

There were twenty-four constituencies in England where the number of people in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance at December 2006 was greater than the number receiving jobseeker’s allowance at December 1997.

There are no constituencies in Wales with such an increase.

Comparable Information is not available for Scottish constituencies due to major boundary changes between the two dates. However, for Scotland as a whole less people were in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in 2006 than in 1997.