§ Mr. David Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the cost of the long-term unemployed to his Department in 1993.
§ Mr. Burt
The cost of those receiving benefit for more than six months cannot be separated from the planned total benefit expenditure of unemployed people which for the year April 1993 to April 1994 is £10.39 billion.
The information is taken from table 5 of the 1993 departmental annual report which is in the Library. The 1994 annual report will be published shortly and will be placed in the Library.
The benefits included are: unemployment benefit, income support, family credit, child benefit, one-parent benefit, housing benefit, community charge benefit, and social fund loans.