HC Deb 23 March 1998 vol 309 cc69-70W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many single parents are in receipt of family credit; how many of those are claiming the child care disregard; and what is their average of expenditure on child care. [35863]

Mr. Field

The latest available figures are for August 1997 when there were 351,000 lone parents receiving Family Credit. 36,000 lone parents were entitled to receive a child care disregard and, of these, 31,000 were in receipt of an increased award for child care charges. The remaining 5,000 cases receive no extra award for child care charges as maximum Family Credit is in payment.

The average weekly cost for child care for lone parents with entitlement to a child care disregard was £39.07.


1. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.

2 Sample size is 5 per cent.


Family Credit Quarterly Statistical Inquiry, August 1997.

Mr. Rendel

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the final fortnight for which family credit payments will be due. [35860]

Mr. Field

Family Credit is awarded for a 26 week period and paid on a weekly basis. It will continue to be awarded and paid, on this basis, until Working Families Tax Credit is introduced from October 1999.