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Government paying tax credits and benefits to 200,000 more lone parents than live in the UK

Authors: Mike Brewer and Jonathan Shaw
Date: 12 March 2006
Type: Press release,


The Government thinks it is paying out tax credits or out-of-work benefits to around 200,000 more lone parents than the Office for National Statistics estimate live in the UK, according to an analysis of official statistics by researchers at the IFS.

HM Revenue & Customs and the Department of Work and Pensions together estimate that they are paying income-related support for children to 2.1 million lone parents, even though the best estimate from other evidence is that there are only 1.9 million lone parents living in the UK. Download full version

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