HC Deb 04 February 1998 vol 305 cc701-2W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will provide a breakdown of the current recipients of family credit to show the numbers of(a) single parents, (b) single earner couples, (c) two earner couples and (d) other categories. [26229]

Mr. Keith Bradley

The information requested is set out in the table.

Family credit recipients by family type, August 1997
Family type Number of claimants
Single parents 351,000
Single earner couples 369,000
Two earner couples 30,000
Others 6,000
All cases 757,000


1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

2. Cases classified as others are self-employed cases with earning assessed as nil.

3. Sample size 5 per cent.


Family Credit 5 per cent. sample of all awards.