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Social Security Benefits: Greater London

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children under 16 years old in London parliamentary constituencies had at least one parent or guardian who was claiming one or more of incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, jobseekers allowance, income support and pension credit in each of the last 10 years. (218613)

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

Proportion of children aged 0-15 dependent on a parent or guardian claiming one or more of income support, jobseekers allowance, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance or pension credit, by parliamentary constituency in London

Percentage

Parliamentary constituency

April 2004

April 2005

April 2006

April 2007

Barking

38.9

38.0

38.1

35.3

Battersea

27.1

25.8

25.8

25.0

Beckenham

18.5

18.0

17.9

16.1

Bethnal Green and Bow

48.9

46.4

45.7

44.7

Bexleyheath and Crayford

17.4

17.4

17.4

16.8

Brent East

35.2

34.6

34.1

32.2

Brent North

23.7

23.5

23.8

22.9

Brent South

37.4

36.8

36.1

34.0

Brentford and Isleworth

23.0

22.9

22.7

22.0

Bromley and Chislehurst

16.1

15.6

15.2

14.6

Camberwell and Peckham

41.8

40.1

38.7

37.2

Carshalton and Wallington

21.2

20.4

20.3

20.2

Chingford and Woodford Green

19.9

19.8

20.6

21.4

Chipping Barnet

17.2

17.3

17.1

16.7

Cities of London and Westminster

24.0

23.9

23.9

22.8

Croydon Central

31.3

31.2

31.0

29.4

Croydon North

29.2

29.5

29.3

27.8

Croydon South

15.1

14.9

14.9

14.7

Dagenham

35.5

35.7

35.5

34.0

Dulwich and West Norwood

29.0

27.4

27.2

25.3

Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush

35.8

35.3

35.0

33.6

Ealing North

27.9

27.7

27.6

25.8

Ealing Southall

27.3

27.1

26.6

25.7

East Ham

36.9

35.7

35.4

33.1

Edmonton

35.9

37.0

38.0

37.1

Eltham

28.9

28.5

28.0

27.6

Enfield North

31.7

32.9

33.6

33.8

Enfield Southgate

17.4

18.1

17.5

17.3

Erith and Thamesmead

34.0

33.3

33.3

31.8

Feltham and Heston

29.8

29.4

29.1

28.4

Finchley and Golders Green

18.5

18.3

18.0

16.3

Greenwich and Woolwich

40.5

38.9

38.4

36.4

Hackney North and Stoke Newington

34.2

32.7

31.5

30.2

Hackney South and Shoreditch

48.9

47.3

47.3

44.9

Hammersmith and Fulham

31.4

30.5

29.9

29.1

Hampstead and Highgate

32.5

31.9

30.9

29.1

Harrow East

22.3

22.6

22.6

23.0

Harrow West

18.8

18.8

18.1

17.9

Hayes and Harlington

31.2

30.8

30.8

30.4

Hendon

27.1

27.0

26.9

25.6

Holborn and St. Pancras

45.2

44.6

44.0

41.2

Hornchurch

16.3

16.5

17.1

17.2

Hornsey and Wood Green

29.7

29.0

28.3

26.9

Ilford North

21.5

21.6

21.3

21.4

Ilford South

28.0

28.6

29.3

29.6

Islington North

43.7

42.8

42.6

41.4

Islington South and Finsbury

47.7

47.1

46.8

45.8

Kensington and Chelsea

17.7

16.2

15.6

15.1

Kingston and Surbiton

15.6

15.5

15.4

14.5

Lewisham Deptford

36.2

34.9

34.7

33.9

Lewisham East

32.5

32.8

33.2

33.6

Lewisham West

30.9

30.0

30.6

30.3

Leyton and Wanstead

32.1

31.5

30.1

28.4

Mitcham and Morden

26.6

26.3

26.2

24.5

North Southwark and Bermondsey

42.6

41.0

39.3

37.4

Old Bexley and Sidcup

11.8

11.3

10.9

10.8

Orpington

18.0

17.9

17.7

17.5

Poplar and Canning Town

51.2

48.7

48.2

46.8

Putney

26.3

25.2

24.3

23.9

Regent's Park and Kensington North

45.4

44.5

44.1

43.0

Richmond Park

11.2

11.2

10.6

10.0

Romford

17.8

17.9

17.6

17.6

Ruislip-Northwood

15.0

14.7

13.6

12.9

Streatham

33.8

32.8

32.9

31.3

Sutton and Cheam

11.0

11.6

11.8

11.6

Tooting

22.6

21.9

21.8

20.8

Tottenham

48.8

48.0

46.6

43.5

Twickenham

11.2

11.2

11.1

10.7

Upminster

20.6

20.1

19.1

18.8

Uxbridge

23.3

22.9

22.4

22.9

Vauxhall

40.0

39.1

39.1

37.7

Walthamstow

34.2

34.2

33.1

32.9

West Ham

41.1

39.4

38.1

36.1

Wimbledon

10.5

10.0

9.4

8.5

Notes:

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

2. Due to the introduction of child tax credits in April 2003, information on child dependents is not reliably completed on the benefit computer system. Children have been merged onto income support/jobseeker's allowance/incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance/pension credit claims from child benefit records with permission from HMRC.

3. The total number of children aged 0-15 on child benefit in each parliamentary constituency at the relevant year has been used as the denominator for the percentages given.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate