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Social Security Benefits: Per Capita Costs

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her Department's most recent estimate is of the average cost per person per month of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support and (c) housing benefit. (290481)

The answer is not available in the format requested. The available information is in the tables.

February 2009 (£)

Income support non-MIG claimants average weekly amount in payment

80.65

Jobseekers allowance claimants average weekly amount in payment

55.69

Note:

Average amounts are shown as pounds per week and rounded to the nearest penny.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

May 2009 (£)

Housing benefit average weekly amount in payment

81.03

Notes:

1. Average amounts are shown as pounds per week and rounded to the nearest penny.

2. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.

3. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.

Source:

Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE).