HC Deb 24 November 1994 vol 250 c287W
Ms Lynne

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is estimated to be the saving of public money resulting from the introduction of the proposed jobseeker's allowance with reference to existing expenditure on the unemployed.

Mr. Roger Evans

Using the most recently published unemployment benefit figures it is estimated that the introduction of the jobseeker's allowance would reduce expenditure on benefits by about £150 million in 1996–7 and £300 million in 1997–8.


  1. 1. Assumes transitional protection in 1996–7.
  2. 2. Estimates assume 2.55 million unemployed claimants (GB) and 600 thousand Unemployment Benefit claimants.
  3. 3. Savings estimated using 1990–91–92 FES data and 1994 Unemployment Benefit statistics.
  4. 4. 1996–7 figures are in 1996–7 prices. 1997–8 figures are in 1997–8 prices.