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Social Security Benefits: Disabled

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of lone parents whose youngest child is over the age of 11 years are receiving (a) income support and (b) incapacity benefit; and how many and what proportion of each group are (i) carers for a disabled child and (ii) have a disability themselves. (130380)

The available information is in the following table.

Lone parents with youngest child over 11: Great Britain

Claiming

Number

Proportion of all LPs with youngest child over 11 (Percentage)

Number

Proportion (Percentage)

Income support

108,950

19.1

Caring for a child with a disability

38,000

35.1

Report disability themselves

65,000

60.2

Incapacity benefits

24,370

4.3

Caring for a child with a disability

1

1

Report disability themselves

24,370

100

1 Family and Children's Study sample size too small to identify. Notes:1. Reporting a disability and caring for a disabled child are not mutually exclusive categories—those who are both caring for a disabled child and report a disability themselves (21.6 per cent. of those with youngest child over 11 claiming income support) will appear in both categories. 2. The income support figures do not include any claimants on incapacity benefit. However, some of those included in the incapacity benefit may also receive income support. Source: DWP administrative data; Family and Children's study 2004, Labour Force Survey 2006 Q2.