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Lone Parents: Pay

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average payment made to lone parents was in each of the in-work credit pilot areas; and what the average hourly pay was of the lone parents in work in each pilot area. (152807)

[holding answer 26 July 2007]: The in-work credit was introduced in 22 pilot areas in four staggered phases from April 2004. It is designed to help participants cope with the financial aspects of the transition from welfare to work. Participants are paid £40 per week over and above their total income when they start work for 16 hours or more a week. This is paid for a maximum of 52 weeks. From 1 July 2007 the payment in London was increased to £60 a week to address the higher costs of living in the capital.

In areas other than London it is available to eligible lone parents, and in London it is available to all eligible parents.

Information on the average hourly pay of lone parents in work in each pilot area is not available.

The available information on the average payment made to eligible parents in each of the pilot areas is in the following table.

In-work credit

In-work credit districts

Phase

Total number of starts

Average total payment per participant (£)

Total payment per district (£)

Leicestershire

2

1,800

1,580

1,971,880

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

4

1,810

1,330

1,157,640

Essex

4

2,360

1,320

1,507,640

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

4

2,170

1,380

1,469,600

Hampshire

4

2,120

1,380

1,401,520

Kent

4

2,040

1,380

1,217,720

Surrey and Sussex

4

2,710

1,460

1,876,680

City and East London

3

1,340

1,320

1,210,640

South East London

1

2,600

1,490

2,898,760

North London

1

2,170

1,510

2,503,320

South London

3

2,000

1,420

1,815,560

Central London

2

1,330

1,350

1,329,000

Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth

3

2,210

1,370

1,977,400

Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon

3

1,420

1,400

1,373,880

West London

2

1,320

1,500

1,386,440

Lancashire West

2

2,530

1,530

2,742,960

Dudley and Sandwell

2

1,470

1,590

1,615,600

Staffordshire

2

2,230

1,600

2,483,880

Bradford

1

1,880

1,600

2,289,480

Leeds

2

2,440

1,580

2,731,720

Cardiff and Vale

2

1,600

1,590

1,720,560

Edinburgh Lothian and Borders

2

2,410

1,510

2,510,720

Total

44,080

1,470

41,323,440

Notes:

1. The areas in the table are those where the in-work credit was originally introduced. Many are now part of larger areas as a result of Jobcentre Plus reorganisation.

2. Up to the end of April 2007, 44,080 people had claimed the in-work credit and 28,030 people had finished their claim for the in-work credit.

3. Calculations of average payments are based on those participants who had finished their claim for the in-work credit.

4. Totals in the final row may not sum to individual figures as they include a very small number of in-work credit claims recorded from other areas.

Data source:

Lone parent evaluation database.