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Lone Parents

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken to increase the support available to lone parents in work. (208019)

Sustainability in employment is vital in helping individuals move into jobs. We are providing additional support for working lone parents including, since April, the national roll out of In Work Credit, an In Work Discretion Fund and In Work Advisory Support.

The availability of affordable child care is also vital to enabling sustained parental employment. Since 1997, the Government have invested over £21 billion on early years and child care from around £1.2 billion in 1997-98 to around £4.4 billion in 2005-06.