Income Support

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents have claimed income support in each quarter since August 1996, broken down by lone parents with (a) at least one child under five and (b) all children over five years.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The information is in the table.

Lone parent income support claimants by age of children
Thousand
At least one child aged under 5 All children aged 5 or over
1996
August 531 530
November 517 506
1997
February 514 506
May 508 505
August 505 507
November 492 490
1998
February 488 484
May 480 482
August 475 480
November 466 472
1999
February 465 475
May 463 473
August 464 476
November 460 470
2000
February 454 465
May 450 460
August 446 463
November 440 454
2001
February 440 456
May 437 452

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand. Totals may not sum due to rounding

2. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling error

3. Lone parents are defined as single people who have dependants but do not receive a pensioner or a disability premium

Source:

Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiries, August 1996 to May 2001

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