§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the average weekly payment to the unemployed, taking into account supplementary benefit and earnings-related supplements, as well as flat-rate national insurance benefit.632W
§ Dr. Boyson
The average weekly payment to unemployed claimants is £32.13. This figure covers flat-rate unemployment benefit and supplementary benefit. Earnings-related supplement was abolished for new claimants from 3 January 1982 and it was not paid to previously existing claimants after 30 June 1982.