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Minimum Wage and Benefits

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many married couples without children are unemployed and in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and are (a) local authority tenants and (b) private tenants (i) in total and (ii) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; (246632)

(2) how many married couple families without children have the head of the family working up to (a) 16 hours a week and (b) 30 hours a week on no more than the national minimum wage, broken down by those that are (i) local authority tenants and (ii) private tenants (A) in total and (B) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many married couple families with (a) one child and (b) two children are unemployed and in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance and are (i) local authority tenants and (ii) private tenants (A) in total and (B) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement;

(4) how many lone parents with (a) one child and (b) two children are working up to (i) 16 hours a week and (ii) 30 hours a week on no more than the national minimum wage, broken down by those that are (A) local authority tenants and (B) private tenants (1) in total and (2) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated January 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many married couples without children are unemployed and in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and are (a) local authority tenants and (b) private tenants (i) in total and (ii) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (246632)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many married couple families without children have the head of the family working up to (a) 16 hours a week and (b) 30 hours a week on no more than the national minimum wage, broken down by those that are (i) local authority tenants and (ii) private tenants (A) in total and (B) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (246633)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many married couple families with (a) one child and (b) two children are unemployed and in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance and are (i) local authority tenants and (ii) private tenants (A) in total and (B) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (246634)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many lone parents with (a) one child and (b) two children are working up to (i) 16 hours a week and (ii) 30 hours a week on no more than the national minimum wage, broken down by those that are (A) local authority tenants and (B) private tenants (1) in total and (2) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (246637)

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) are taken from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. This system does not collect the family characteristics of claimants nor does it collect information on whether the family is in private or local authority rented accommodation. It is therefore not possible to use this source to provide estimates for the groups requested. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) collects information on individuals claiming JSA but reliable estimates for the groups requested are not available.

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is the principal source of statistics of the earnings of low paid employees. However, the ASHE does not collect information about family characteristics therefore can not provide estimates of the number of families on the national minimum wage.

The LFS can provide estimates of the characteristics of low paid workers but reliable estimates of the number of families on the minimum wage by housing tenure are not available.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many single people aged 25 or over are unemployed and in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance and are (a) local authority tenants and (b) private tenants (A) in total and (B) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; (246813)

(2) how many single people aged 25 or over are working an average of (a) 16 hours a week and (b) 30 hours a week on the national minimum wage, broken down by those that are (i) local authority tenants and (ii) private tenants (A) in total and (B) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many married couple families with (a) one child and (b) two children have the head of the family working (i) 16 hours a week and (ii) 30 hours a week on no more than the national minimum wage, broken down by those that are (A) local authority tenants and (B) private tenants (1) in total and (2) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement;

(4) how many lone parents with (a) one child and (b) two children are unemployed and in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance and are (i) local authority tenants and (ii) private tenants (A) in total and (B) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated January 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many married couple families with (a) one child and (b) two children have the head of the family working (i) 16 hours a week and (ii) 30 hours a week on the national minimum wage, broken down by those that are (A) local authority tenants and (B) private tenants (1) in total and (2) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (246635)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents with (a) one child and (b) two children are unemployed and in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance and are (i) local authority tenants and (ii) private tenants (A) in total and (B) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (246636)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many single people aged 25 or over are unemployed and in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance and are (a) local authority tenants and (b) private tenants (A) in total and (B) broken down by the smallest geographical area for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (246813)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many single people aged 25 or over are working an average of (a) 16 hours a week and (b) 30 hours a week on the national minimum wage, broken down by those that are (i) local authority tenants and (ii) private tenants in total and broken down by the smallest geographical are for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (246814)

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) is taken from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. This system does not collect the family characteristics of claimants nor does it collect information on whether the family is in private or local authority rented accommodation. It is therefore not possible to use this source to provide estimates for the groups requested. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) collects information on individuals claiming JSA but reliable estimates for the groups requested are not available.

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is the principle source of statistics of the earnings of low paid employees. However, the ASHE does not collect information about family characteristics and therefore can not provide estimates of the number of families on the national minimum wage.

The LFS can provide estimates of the characteristics of low paid workers but reliable estimates of the number of families on the minimum wage by housing tenure are not available.