More parents are in work and are better off for doing so, according to the latest set of statistics.
According to the Department for Work and Pensions, the number of families with both parents in employment has increased by ten per cent from 1994-5 to 2005-6.
Furthermore, the proportion of families where both parents are unemployed has fallen from 14 per cent to eight per cent over the same period.
Minister for employment and welfare reform Caroline Flint commented that parents have benefited from a number of government initiatives.
"This research shows how initiatives introduced over the last ten years - such as the national minimum wage, tax credits and the New Deal programmes - have been hugely successful," she said.
She added: "Work is the best way out of poverty for parents and their children."
The research shows that both sets of family types - working or inactive - have increased their weekly incomes by £175.
Work and pensions secretary Peter Hain recently told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show that more people are in work and off benefits, after it had been claimed that not enough new jobs are going to British nationals.