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Lone Parents

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many lone parents there are in Darlington; and how many and what proportion of income support claimants are lone parents in Darlington.

A provisional estimate of the number of lone parent families in the local government district of Darlington in 1991 is 3000.1Data on the number of lone parent families in receipt of income support in individual locations are not available. However, the total number of lone parents on income support in Great Britain in 1992 was 985,000

2 , representing 19 per cent. of all income support claimants.

  • 1 1991 Population Census, provisional estimate.
  • 2 1992 Income Support Annual Statistical Enquiry.
  • The definition of lone parents used excludes the temporarily separated.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many and what percentage of single parents had social security payments as their main source of income in (a) 1979 and (b) 1991 in (i) Strathclyde and (ii) Scotland as a whole.

The administration of income support is a matter for Mr. Michael Bichard, the chief executive of the

Thousands
EnglandScotlandWalesGreat Britain
(a) Total number of lone parents, provisional 19911046130671240
(b) Total number of lone parents on income support, 199282310657985
(c) Proportion of IS claimants who are Lone Parents per cent. 199219202019

Note: Totals may not sum due to rounding.

Source: (a) 1991 Population Census, provisional estimates.

(b) and (c) 1992 Income Support Annual Statistical Enquiry. The definition of lone parents used excludes the temporarily separated.