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Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Dartford constituency received more than £500 per week in benefits in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Liberal Democrat, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) how many households in (a) London and (b) each parliamentary constituency receive more than £500 a week in benefits have no working adult; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many households which receive more than £500 a week in benefits are in receipt of lone parent benefits in (a) London and (b) each parliamentary constituency; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many households received more than £500 a week in benefits in (a) London and (b) each parliamentary constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information requested is not available as sample sizes are too small to yield reliable results for areas smaller than Great Britain.

Latest estimates show that in 2010-11 there are around 100,000 working age households in receipt of more than £500 a week in all benefits and tax credits. The great majority of these will have no working adult.

Given the relatively low numbers of people receiving more than £500 a week in benefits and the limitations from using survey data, which do not produce robust estimates for small sub groups of benefit claimants, it is not possible to estimate with confidence the number of these households in receipt of lone parent benefits.

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