HC Deb 15 November 1988 vol 140 cc631-2W
Mr. Nicholas Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will give figures showing, in 1988 prices, the average income from all sources for a lone parent family, their average disposable income, and their average expenditure per household in 1979 and 1987, or the most recent available date.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

[holding answer 24 October 1988]: The table shows average gross and net income for lone parent families in 1979 and 1986 (the latest available year) expressed at July 1988 prices. Expenditure data in the family expenditure survey relates to households and cannot be apportioned among the income units within a household.

Lone parent families—average income
£ per week July 1988 prices
1979 1986
Gross income 109.7 124.4
Net income 99.5 115.7


1. Figures derive from the Family Expenditure Survey and are subject to sampling error.

2. Income repriced to July 1988 prices uses the RPI.

3. Gross income is income from all sources before deductions. Net income is gross income minus income tax and national insurance.