Income Support: Lone Parents

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in receipt of income support in the most recent period for which figures are available had (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five or more children.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

holding answer 26 March 2008

The requested information is in the following table.

Number of children in lone parent families in receipt of income support in Great Britain
Number of children Lone parents in receipt of income support
All claimants 765,630
One child 351,820
Two children 246,700
Three children 110,410
Four children 39,690
Five or more children 17,000
Notes: 1. Lone parents are defined as single claimants with children under 16 and not receiving incapacity benefits. 2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 3. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 4. Data are to May 2007. Source: 100 per cent DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

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