HC Deb 27 April 1976 vol 910 cc84-5W
Mrs. Chalker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much of the planned increased public expenditure for 1976–77 is due to anticipated increases in unemployment.

Mr. Orme

Cmnd. 6393, Table 2.12, shows that, compared with 1975–76, the Government have provided for expenditure on national insurance unemployment benefit in 1976–77 to be increased by £132 million. In addition a substantial proportion of the projected £69 million increase in expenditure on supplementary allowances for 1976–77 over 1975–76 is accounted for by assuming a higher level of unemployment. As the footnote to Table 2.12 points out, the figures for unemployment benefit in future years represent a working assumption and not a forecast of unemployment levels.