Jobseekers Bill

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st May 1995.

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Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring , Bury St Edmunds 12:00 am, 1st May 1995

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the projected savings from the passing of the Jobseekers Bill; and if he will make a statement. [20122]

Photo of Mr Roger Evans Mr Roger Evans , Monmouth

The direct benefit savings are projected to be around £270 million in a full year. However, that figure takes no account of success in getting people back to work earlier.

Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring , Bury St Edmunds

Does my hon. Friend agree that, apart from the financial considerations, there is also a moral aspect? Does not the taxpayer need to be protected from those who are not genuinely seeking work, and is that not precisely what the Bill will achieve?

Photo of Mr Roger Evans Mr Roger Evans , Monmouth

Yes. The provisions for a jobseeker's agreement and direction are focused on that specific problem.