HC Deb 27 April 1988 vol 132 c179W
Mr. Clay

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the latest available figures for the proportion of families with children dependent on supplementary benefit who received one or more single payments, broken down into two and one-parent families.

Mr. Portillo

[holding answer 20 April 1988]: The latest available figures are as follows:

Percentage receiving single payments
Per cent.
One-parent families 12.7
Two-parent families 23.7
Total: all families with children 36.4

The information relates to single payments made in the twelve months preceding the February 1986 annual statistical inquiry to claimants in receipt of benefit at the time of the inquiry. As a result, it does not record all the single payments made in the year.