§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the savings in each national insurance benefit effected by section 4 of the Social Security (No. 2) Act 1980 from January 1982 in weekly terms of the average benefit payable to a claimant.
§ Mrs. Chalker
I gave estimates of the average amounts of earnings-related supplement and earnings-related allowance that would have been payable with new claims for benefit in 1982 if section 4 of the Social Security (No. 2) Act 1980 had not been enacted, in reply to the hon. 219W Member's question on 29 July 1980.—[Vol. 989, c. 616.] Revised estimates, based on the latest available statistics for earnings-related benefits updated to the 1980–81 tax year in line with earnings index figures, are as follows:
Sickness benefit £13.00 Unemployment benefit £11.20 Injury benefit £14.10 Maternity allowance £8.80 Widow's allowance £14.90
Unemployed claimants by benefit entitlement Great Britain (thousands) Date Unemployment benefit only Unemployment benefit and supplementary allowance Supplementary allowance only No Benefit* February 1978 468 134 548 260 February 1979 450 105 524 205 February 1980 470 101 496 219 February 1981 940 225 735 294
Source: 100 per cent. count of claimants to unemployment benefit or credits.
* Includes those whose benefit entitlement had not been determined at the date of the count.