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Unemployment Benefits: Peterborough

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in Peterborough constituency were living in a household in receipt of at least one out-of-work benefit in each year since 1997. (181556)

Information is not available prior to 2004. The available information is in the following table.

Children under 16 years of age living in households in receipt of out-of-work benefits in the Peterborough parliamentary constituency; as at April each year

Number

2004

5,910

2005

5,640

2006

5,415

2007

5,470

Notes:

1. All figures supplied have been rounded to the nearest 10.

2. All data represent a snapshot in time of claimants on the computer system, and will therefore exclude a very small number of cases that are held clerically.

3. Data represent children dependent on a parent or guardian who is claiming one or more of incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, jobseeker’s allowance, income support or pension credit.

4. Due to the introduction of child tax credits in April 2003, information on child dependents are not reliably completed on the benefit computer system, therefore children’s data has been merged onto IS/JSA/IB/SDA/PC claims from child benefit records with permission from HMRC.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate