HC Deb 28 April 1977 vol 930 c403W
Mr. Newton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would have been the estimated extra revenue in each case in 1976–77 if sickness benefit, unemployment benefit and maternity benefit had been treated as earned income for tax purposes.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

Information on which to base a precise calculation is not available, but it is estimated that the tax for 1976–77 would be approximately as follows:

£ million
Sickness benefit 160
Unemployment benefit 180
Maternity allowance 15

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