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.
The information is in the table.
|At least one child aged under 5||All children aged 5 or over|
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
Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiries, August 1996 to May 2001