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Lone Parents (Employment)

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage of lone parents who were previously unemployed have found work in each of the last 10 years. [13104]

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the table, which shows numbers of new lone parent claims to Family Credit where the claimant was on income support immediately beforehand.

Estimated number of new awards of Family Credit made to lone parents previously on income support
Family Credit award starting:Thousands
September 1992 to August 199353
September 1993 to August 199465
September 1994 to August 199573
August 1995 to September 199682


1. The data used do not identify those lone parents who moved from income support to a job where they did not claim Family Credit, thus under-estimating the employment rate;

2. As estimates are based on a matched sample of 5 per cent. of Family Credit awards with a 5 per cent. sample of the quarterly stock of income support claimants, the methodology will miss claimants who had a short spell on income support before moving to Family Credit.


1. Income support Quarterly Statistical Enquiries, August 1992 to May 1996.

2.Family Credit 5 per cent. sample, September 1992 to August 1996.