The number of Lone Parents on JSA continues to rise as benefit changes kick in.
The biggest rise is among parents of children aged five and six which went up by 60% in one month from 11, 960 to 19, 175. Figures for Parents with older children remain steady on the month.
The total number of lone Parents on JSA is the highest ever at 128,930.
At a time when the total number of JSA is down by 15,000, the number of Lone Parents is up by nearly 7000.
The impact for those on the Work Programme is enormous. The younger the child the more support the parent will need to get back to work and the likelihood is that they will need to work more flexibly and pay more for childcare.