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) what his latest estimates are of the number of lone parent families in each region that will be affected by the changes to the eligibility criteria for income support taking effect in (a) October 2009 and (b) October 2010; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what his latest estimates are of the number of lone parent families in each region that will be affected by the changes to the eligibility criteria for income support taking effect in October 2008; 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 November 2007 who had a youngest child aged seven, 10 or 12 or over at that date by region.

That information is in the following table:

Number of income support lone parents at November 2007, by age of youngest child
Government Office Region 12 or over 10 and over 7 and over
North East 5,020 8,100 13,490
North West 13,010 21,200 35,770
Yorkshire and The Humber 8,280 13,530 22,480
East Midlands 6,100 9,910 16,860
West Midlands 9,780 15,990 26,920
East of England 7,630 12,720 21,760
London 22,430 36,740 62,570
South East 10,190 16,920 29,040
South West 6,260 10,330 17,540
Wales 4,900 8,130 13,920
Scotland 8,730 14,400 24,090
Claimants living abroad/Unknown 0 0 10
Note: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent. WPLS.

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