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Cabinet Office written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his most recent estimate is of the number of workless households in (a) Wallasey constituency, (b) the Wirral borough council area, (c) the North West and (d) the UK.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2011:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your question asking what recent estimate has been made of the number of workless households in (a) Wallasey constituency (b) the Wirral Borough Council area (c) the North West and (d) the UK (33868).

The estimates provided in the following table come from the Annual Population Survey (APS) household datasets. The latest data currently available are for 2009.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty as different samples give different results. These estimates are such that there is 95 per cent certainty from all possible samples that they will lie within the lower and upper bounds.

Table 1: Number of workless households( 1) in Wallasey, Wirral, the North West and the UK
Thousand Percentage
January-December 2009 Estimate Lower bound( 2) Upper bound( 2) Estimate Lower bound( 2) Upper bound( 2)
Wallasey constituency 9 7 11 29.1 22.5 35.7
Wirral 26 22 30 25.1 21.7 28.5
North West 495 476 513 21.6 20.8 22.3
UK 3,803 3,749 3,857 18.7 18.4 18.9
(1 )Households containing at least one person aged 16-64, where all individuals aged 16 or over are not in employment.

(2) 95% confidence interval which means that from all samples possible there would be 95% certainty that the true estimate would lie within the lower and upper bounds.


APS household dataset

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