HC Deb 26 March 1986 vol 94 c521W
Mr. Frank Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the cost of paying benefits to the unemployed and their dependents, including national insurance, supplementary benefit and housing benefit for each year since 1978–79.

Mr. Newton

[pursuant to his reply, 19 March 1986, c. 229–30]: The estimated cost of benefits paid in respect of unemployment for each year since 1978–79 is as follows:

£ million
1978–79 1,340
1979–80 1,420
1980–81 2,470
1981–82 3,960
1982–83 4,950
1983–84 5,600
1984–85 6,200
1985–86 6,650

These figures relate to unemployment benefit, supplementary benefit and certificated housing benefit. The figures do not include standard housing benefit or other benefits which can continue to be paid if the recipient finds employment.