Select Committee on Social Security Minutes of Evidence

Case Study 6


  Both parents are on benefits. The parent with care gets Income Support, while the other parent is out of work and on Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based).

  The latter looks after the child for 2 nights per week. In total they spend £60 per week on the child.


  The PWC has £66.60 left for things other than their child. The other parent has less than half this left.

  (It is also likely that the parent with care gets Housing Benefit for a house suitable for looking after a child, while the other parent has to look after their child in a bed-sit).

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