Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Just seen some research from The Office for National Statistics, on the BBC, which shows that children in Great Britain are three times more likely to live in one-parent households now than they were in 1972. Since 1971 the proportion of all people living in "traditional" family households of married couples with dependent children has fallen from 52% to 37%.
The report found that mothers headed nine out of 10 single-parent families, and lone parents were three times more likely to live in rented accommodation than traditional families. In 2005, 66% of single-parent families lived in rented housing compared with 22% of couples with dependent children. More children are born in Britain today outside of marriage than in most other European countries, the report said. The average figure is 44%, compared with just 3% in Cyprus, and just 12% in Britain in the early 1970s. However, divorces in 2005 fell to 155,000 from a 1993 peak of 180,000.
Also very scarily it points out that wages rose on average by 92% from 1995 to 2005, but house prices rocketed by 204%. As a result of this disparity in wages and house prices more young people were continuing to live with their parents until their mid-20s.