Social Security Benefits: Young People

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd December 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many single parents aged between 18 and 25 currently receive Income Support and Jobseeker’s Allowance; and of those, how many they estimate are care leavers.

Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department collects information for those aged 18 to 24 and the latest information available at May 2015 shows that for this age group there were 121,950 lone parents receiving Income Support and 3,500 people, without an additional payment for a partner and with at least one dependent child, receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).

Please note that the figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

The information requested for those who are care leavers is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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