HC Deb 15 November 1985 vol 86 c291W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Prime Minister what is the latest estimate of the total cost to public funds, including benefits received and tax and insurance payments forgone, of a person being unemployed for a year, broken down into the individual constituents.

The Prime Minister

The estimated average cost per beneficiary of benefits paid in respect of unemployment is £2,350 for 1985–86. Changes in tax revenue and income from national insurance contributions depend on the causes of unemployment and there is a wide range of possible effects. No sensible estimate can therefore be given.