Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of future trends in the level of unemployment in the UK.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Welfare Reform; Minister for London), Department for Work and Pensions

While we do not predict future levels of unemployment, we are planning for the impact of higher levels of jobseeker's allowance claims in the coming months. Clearly this is a sensible approach given the expected trends during a time of slower economic growth.

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