Unemployment Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of children were living in a household dependent on out-of-work benefits in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority area in (i) 1997, (ii) 2005 and (iii) the latest year for which figures are available.

Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

Between 1998-99 and 2007-08, some 500,000 children were lifted out of relative poverty as measured using the EU standard definition based on 60 per cent. of median income. Measures announced in and since Budget 2007 are expected to lift around a further 550,000 children out of poverty. Absolute poverty has been halved.

The information as requested is not available for 1997. The available information for 2005 and the latest year for which figures are available have been placed in the Library.

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