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Married couples with children at a record low, ONS reports

The number of married couples with children in the UK has fallen to a record low, newly published census data shows.

There are just under 4,018,000 married households with children in the UK according to the data, representing just 15.2 per cent of families. The figure more than 300,000 lower than the number of married couples with children at the time of 2001 census, when there were more than 4,300,000 married couples with children.

Meanwhile, the number of cohabiting couples with children now exceeds 1,050,000, and the number of single parent houses is approaching 1,900,000, the Mail reports.

Last year, the Office for National Statistics Labour Labour Force Survey estimated the number of married couples with children at 4,610,000, a substantial 582,000 higher than the census figure.

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  1. Luke says:

    I’m amazed that so many men still get married, the number has reduced massively but it just shows how powerful religious and cultural ties really are.

  2. Tristan says:

    Let alone a simple desire of some men to become a sucker for punishment. Marriage subject to present UK divorce and children’s law is akin, if not to a death wish, at least to an admittance of self-harm.

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