But she does say:
The number of sole parents on the DPB dropped 1.6% over the quarter to 95,138 and 3,221 sole parents went off this benefit into work in that period.What she isn't saying is that single parents aged 18 now go onto the Young Parent Payment.
This will be accounting for some of the decrease. For instance between the June and September quarters the percentage of those on the DPB aged 18-19 dropped from 2.7 to 1.7%. It's never been that low.
While 3,221 left for work, that's typical. People go off, people go on, year long.
No. I reckon the drop the Minister is claiming as a 'positive' is a sleight of hand. Perhaps not intentional.
But I'll ring the MSD media team and find out where the Young Parent Payment statistics are being recorded and published.