Income Support: Lone Parents

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) how many and what proportion of lone parent families that will be affected by the changes to the eligibility criteria for income support taking effect in October 2010 will have (a) one child, (b) two children and (c) three or more children aged between seven and 16 on that date; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many and what proportion of lone parent families that will be affected by the changes to the eligibility criteria for income support taking effect in October 2009 will have (a) one child, (b) two children and (c) three or more children aged between 10 and 16 on that date; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many and what proportion of the lone parent families that will be affected by the changes to the eligibility criteria for income support taking effect in October 2008 will have (a) one child, (b) two children and (c) three or more children aged between 12 and 16 years on that date; and if he will make a statement.

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

The information is not available.

Information is available on the number of lone parents receiving income support at August 2007 who had a youngest child aged between seven and 16, 10 and 16, and 12 and 16 by number of children in those age bands at that date.

That information is in the following table.

Number of IS lone parents at August 2007
All Percentage
Whose youngest child is aged 12 to 16
All 106,700
One child aged 12 to 16 76,300 71.5
Two children aged 12 to 16 26,600 24.9
Three or more children aged 12 to 16 3,800 3.6
Whose youngest child is aged 10 to 16
All 169,400
One child aged 10 to 16 107,400 63.4
Two children aged 10 to 16 50,000 29.5
Three or more children aged 10 to 16 12,100 7.1
Whose youngest child is aged seven to 16
All 287,800
One child aged seven to 16 157,000 54.5
Two children aged seven to 16 93,900 32.6
Three or more children aged 7 to 16 36,900 12.8
Note:

5 per cent. sample figures are uprated to 100 per cent. WPLS totals and rounded to the nearest 100. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. sample

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