HC Deb 24 February 1983 vol 37 c523W
30. Mr. Wigley

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest estimate of the total annual cost to the Exchequer, including both benefit payments and loss of tax revenue of a married man with two children, previously on average industrial wages, becoming unemployed.

Mr. Brittan

Benefit payments would depend on the family's circumstances, but under reasonable assumptions would be about £3,000 at current rates. The man would also be entitled to a full rebate of rent and rates under the housing benefits scheme. This example is not typical of the unemployed population as a whole. Changes in tax revenues associated with changes in unemployment depend on the economic circumstances, and no single estimate can be given.