§ Mr. Battle
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how much will be saved in the social security budget by cutting the entitlement to unemployment benefit from 12 to six months in each financial year from 1 April 1996.
§ Mr. Roger Evans
Using the most recently published unemployment benefit figures it is estimated that cutting the entitlement to unemployment benefit from 12 to six months will save £70 million in 1996–97 and £220 million in 1997–98.
- 1. Estimates assume 2.55 million unemployed claimants (GB) and 600 thousand Unemployment Benefit claimants.
- 2. Savings are estimated using 1990–91–92 FES data and 1994 Unemployment Benefit Statistics.
- 3. Savings are rounded to the nearest £10 million.
- 4.1996–97 savings are in 1996–97 prices. 1997–98 savings are in 1997–98 prices.
- 5. Figures assume transitional protection in 1996–97.
- 6. Estimates for years beyond 1997–98 are not available.