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Employment: Finance

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) average cost of getting a person back into work in each year since 1997 and (b) the average savings to the Government for each individual that has moved off benefits and into work, including tax uplift and the cost of tax credits and other work-related benefits. (159619)

Information is not available on the average cost of getting a person back into work in each year since 1997.

Information on the average savings to the Government for each individual that has returned off benefits and into work is shown in the following table.

Estimates of the average fiscal saving of moving benefit claimants into employment in 2006-07

Amount (£)

Jobseeker’s allowance claimant

7,103

Incapacity benefit claimant

7,642

Income support (lone parent) claimant

4,386

Note:

These estimates rely on a number of assumptions and are intended to be indicative rather than definitive.