HC Deb 07 April 1987 vol 114 cc204-5W
Sir Russell Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost in benefits of an individual male and an individual female unemployed person in each of the past five years.

Mr. Major

Based on an analysis of unemployment benefit recipients the estimated average benefit cost of male and female unemployed beneficiaries is given in the table :

Year Male £ Female £
1982–83 2,122 1,769
1983–84 2,270 1,910
1984–85 2,422 2,070
1985–86 2,645 2,290
1986–87 2,744 2,399

NoteThe estimates cover unemployment benefit, supplementary benefit and housing benefit. They do not include other benefits that may be in payment, for example child benefit.

Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the number of supplementary benefit claimants and the total sum paid in the six Liverpool constituencies in 1979 and in the current year.

Mr. Lyell

The six Liverpool constituencies are covered, for supplementary benefit purposes, by 11 of the Department's offices; but their boundaries are not conterminous. The numbers of people receiving supplementary benefit from those offices on 10 February 1987, the latest date for which information is available, were 138,287 and 20 February 1979 were 90,515.

I regret that information about the total sum paid is not available.

Source: 100 per cent. count of cases in action.