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Trends in poverty among sole parents in income support households

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This graph shows the poverty rate among sole parents in income support households in which all children are aged under 15 as a percentage of all households, taking into account housing costs. By only including households with children under the age of 15, it controls for the earnings of teenage and adult children. While the poverty rate among families with a youngest child aged 0-4 years remained stable, rising only marginally from 57% in 2011-12 to 58% in 2012-13, poverty rates rose substantially among families whose youngest child was 5-9 years old, from 47% to 55%; and for those whose youngest child was 10-14 years old, from 51% to 67%. This reflects the impact of the introduction of ‘welfare to work’ policies, and the movement of sole parents from pension payments to lower allowance payments.

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