Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

11.

asked the Minister for Social Welfare if she will give an estimate of the amount of money being paid weekly in (a) unemployment benefit and (b) unemployment assistance; and if she will give a breakdown of the figures indicating the amounts being paid in each region; and the number of recipients in each region.

As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to circulate it with the Official Report.

Following is the Statement:

The following statement gives the total estimated weekly expenditure and numbers of recipients for week ending 11 September, 1981 in respect of unemployment benefit, pay-related benefit and unemployment assistance. The statement also shows the overall expenditure distributed between the nine regions used by the Central Statistics Office. It will be seen from the table that the estimated expenditure for unemployment benefit is £2,11 £2,119,972 while the estimated expenditure for unemployment assistance is £2,223,044.

Region

Unemployment Assistance

No. of recipients

Unemployment Benefit

No. of recipients

P.R.B.

Total Expenditure for each region

Total Nos. for each region

£

£

£

£

East

552,037

16,163

878,244

25,057

278,876

1,709,157

41,220

South East

174,455

5,382

253,048

7,008

76,413

503,916

12,390

North East

120,605

4,193

139,471

4,035

43,846

303,922

8,228

Midlands

142,127

5,050

112,100

3,080

25,763

279,990

8,130

South West

316,190

11,586

318,890

9,229

116,357

751,437

20,815

Mid West

196,091

6,756

141,801

4,145

38,544

376,436

10,901

West

381,239

13,808

164,403

4,477

42,023

587,665

18,285

North West

61,651

2,502

35,189

1,032

8,367

105,207

3,534

Donegal

278,649

8,999

76,826

2,098

9,607

365,082

11,097

Total

2,223,044

74,439

2,119,972

60,161

639,796

4,982,812

134,600

Note: (i) Rates of unemployment benefit and unemployment assistance were increased by approximately 3 per cent from October 1981 but no figures are yet to hand for that period.

(ii) As pay-related benefit is paid as a supplement to unemployment benefit, numbers receiving pay-related benefit are included in the numbers of unemployment benefit recipients.

Would the Minister tell me the two principal figures?

Unemployment benefit £2,119,972 and unemployment assistance £2,223,044.

What date are these figures based on and do they include the recent increase in the unemployment figure of over 129,000 per week?

The statement gives the total estimated weekly expenditure and number of recipients for the week ending 11 September 1981.

What was the level of unemployment at that stage?

I do not have that information. It was not sought in the question.