The average 15 year-old is now more likely to own a smartphone than live with their father, a newly published study suggests.
According to the report FULLY COMMITTED? How a Government could reverse family breakdown, 62 per cent of fifteen year-olds now own a smartphone, while only 57 per cent still live with their fathers. The figure is derived from an analysis of government data.
The report was published by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank established by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to campaign on the issue of family breakdown.
The report complains of a culture of “disposable Dads” and claims that as many as one million children lose contact with grandparents through separation and divorce. It puts a figure of £50 billion on the average cost of family breakdown. The report predicts that close to half of all children sitting their GCSEs by the end of the next parliament in six years’ time will be living in fatherless homes.
The CSJ calls on the government to introduce a national network of ‘Family Hubs’, offering a mix of relationship support, both antenatal and postnatal services, along with employment and debt advice and birth registrations. They also claim fathers should automatically be named on birth certificates.
Director Christian Guy said:
“For too long family breakdown in this country has gone unchallenged – despite the devastating impact it has on adults, children and communities. The next government can’t hide from this and needs to raise the stakes, get behind families and promote stability – this report outlines the ways to do it.”