Since 2006 the proportion of children born to married British parents is thought to have dropped below 50 per cent for the first time. They are being outweighed by those who are part of cohabiting couples or single-parent families.We'd bet , without a welfare state this wouldn't of happened.
It comes as data from the Office for National Statistics show that women are having more children than at any time since the 1970s.
Previous figures from the ONS indicate that the percentage of babies born outside marriage to British-born mothers rose from 38.7 per cent in 1996.
Ten years later the figure was 49.4 per cent - 266,000 births - and analysts believe the upward trend has continued, breaching the 50 per cent mark at some point in the last 18 months.
Friday, April 25, 2014
The Telegraph reports:
Posted by Steve Bartin at 11:22 AM