§ 139. Mr. Nicholas Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the average(a) statutory minimum redundancy payment and (b) monthly unemployment benefit paid by her Department in the most recent available year.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
The average payment made under the direct payment provisions of the statutory redundancy payments scheme in the 1991–92 financial year was £1,375.00.
I understand from the Department of Social Security that no figure is available for the average amount of monthly unemployment benefit paid. The average weekly amount of unemployment benefit (excluding income 595W support) paid to each recipient based on 5 per cent. samples taken in May 1991 was £44.64 a week, and in November 1991 was £44.49 a week.