In comparison with its European counterparts, Britain\’s level of benefit has always been painfully low. In a table of comparisons of EU countries and their provision of unemployment benefit, Britain was at the bottom at €368.20 per month (£314.99), Luxembourg was at the top with €2,210 per month (£1,890.63).
The British system (for good or ill) uses a very low (agreed) unemployment payment and then tops it up with things like housing benefit (council tax rebates, some 51 different benefits in all I believe) and so on for those who need it.
The Continental systems tend to bundle all of those other payments into the one unemployment payment.
Not wholly true but largely so and thus the direct comparison of the British unemployment pay alone with the Continental bundling is a naughty little statistical trick.