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.