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Benefits

Volume 686: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to their response (HC 1187) to recommendation 19 of the House of Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions Second Report (HC 834–I), whether it is possible to calculate the net fiscal cost to the Exchequer of not moving a person off welfare and into employment, given that it is possible to calculate the net fiscal benefit of doing so.[HL7487]

It is possible to estimate the net fiscal loss associated with not moving a person off welfare and into employment. This was not done separately in the previous analysis referred to in our response(HC 1187) to recommendation 19 of the House of Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions Second Report (HC 834-I) because the emphasis was to examine the effectiveness of policies in helping people leave benefits and enter work.