HC Deb 15 November 1982 vol 32 cc58-9W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will bring up to date the information in his answers of 24 February, Official Report, c. 414, and 17 March, Official Report, c. 129, concerning a bonus for the long-term unemployed.

Mr. Newton

The cost of paying unemployed people a bonus of four weeks' benefit for each complete year of unemployment would be as follows:

Number of persons (July 1982) Cost (£ million)
Unemployed for one complete year 650,640 95
Unemployed for two complete years 207,530 61
Unemployed for three complete years 164,720 72
1,022,890 228

The rate of bonus assumed for this reply is £36.63 per week.