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Lone Parents Written Answer, 10/03/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in response to Andrew Griffith's (Cons) question asking the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of children in each income decile and of each ethnicity live in lone parent households.

The Minister of State for Employment, Esther McVey, replied that figures are drawn from the Households Below Average Income and Family Resources Survey annual reports and have been provided on a three year average covering 2009-10 to 2011-12 to overcome sample volatility.

For the analysis lone parents have been identified at the family level rather than the household. Families (or benefit units) are defined as a single adult or couple living as married and any dependent children. A household is a single person or group of people living at the same address as their only or main residence, who either share one meal a day together, or share the living accommodation (i.e. the living room). A household will consist of one or more families. As a result, families are a more suitable level for identifying children with lone parents.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 10 March 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 10 March 2014