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Employment: Lone Parents

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how may work-focused interviews have been booked with lone parents whose youngest child is aged 11 or over in the last 12 months; how many lone parents whose youngest child is 11 or over (a) moved into work and (b) came off benefits in each of the last 12 months; how many sanctions for failing to attend a work-focused interview were applied to lone parents whose youngest child is aged 11 or over in each of the last 12 months. (155938)

374,000 work-focused interviews were booked for lone parents with a youngest child aged 11 or over between April 2006 and March 2007.

The remaining available information is in the following table.

Lone parents with youngest child aged 11 and overMonthInto workOff benefitsSanctions2006April1,9403,580840May2,3003,6401,060June2,1003,5001,060July2,0203,4401,040August1,8603,3401,080September2,8804,040760October2,9604,640920November2,5203,340940December1,4003,2208202007January2,0203,340980February1,7203,220980March1,6603,7401,160 Notes:1. Employment data relate to lone parents who had claimed income support and were recorded as entering work during the period. Data may include some lone parents who continued their income support claim after finding work.2. Employment data under-represents lone parents entering work during the period as it excludes some job entries e.g. people with earnings below the tax threshold and those entering self-employment.3. Data for people moving off benefits in the period are for people who stopped claiming income support and did not continue claiming any other benefit. Those who ended their income support claim, but were in receipt of a different benefit immediately after ending their claim, are not included.4. Sanctions data only include those who were in receipt of or entitled to income support.5. Latest available data for all requested information are to March 2007.Sources:National Benefits Database and Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study