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Christmas Bonus

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) value in current prices and (b) cost of the Christmas bonus was in each year since its introduction. (302183)

The response is in the following table:

Value of Christmas bonus award (£, 2009-10 prices)

Total Christmas bonus expenditure (£, cash terms)

Total Christmas bonus expenditure (£ million, 2009-10 prices)

1972-73

98

81

773

1973-74

90

80

714

1974-75

77

92

688

1975-76

0

1

1976-77

0

0

1977-78

46

98

453

1978-79

42

101

420

1979-80

37

101

360

1980-81

31

103

310

1981-82

28

107

294

1982-83

26

108

277

1983-84

25

109

267

1984-85

24

111

258

1985-86

22

112

247

1986-87

22

115

246

1987-88

21

116

234

1988-89

20

118

222

1989-90

18

121

213

1990-91

17

122

199

1991-92

16

125

193

1992-93

15

128

192

1993-94

15

136

198

1994-95

15

136

195

1995-96

14

139

194

1996-97

14

144

194

1997-98

14

139

182

1998-99

13

140

180

1999-2000

13

134

169

2000-01

13

135

168

2001-02

12

136

166

2002-03

12

137

162

2003-04

12

141

161

2004-05

11

142

159

2005-06

11

143

156

2006-07

11

145

154

2007-08

10

147

153

2008-09

69

1,047

1,057

Notes:

1. Total expenditure figures have been rounded to the nearest million and are given in both cash terms and 2009-10 prices deflated by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) deflator.

2. The values of the Christmas bonus awards are rounded to the nearest pound and are given in 2009-10 prices deflated by the Retail Prices Index for the 3rd quarter each year.

3. Total expenditure for 2008-09 reflects the latest forecast outturn at the time Budget 2009 was published.

4. The Christmas bonus was first paid in 1972-73.

5. The Christmas bonus was not paid in 1975-76 or 1976-77.

6. Expenditure in 1975-76 relates to small amounts of expenditure due at Christmas 1974.

7. The 2008-09 figures for the Christmas bonus include the normal £10 payment and the pre-Budget report 2008 measure of an additional one-off payment of £60 to ail Christmas bonus recipients.