Family breakdown in the UK: it’s NOT about divorce

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June 1, 2010


Family breakdown affects a growing number of families and costs at least £20-24 billion per year. Family policy has failed to acknowledge either scale or source of the problem, as is evident in the lack of emphasis and rigorous analysis in recent major papers. This paper aims to inform policy with new analysis using data from the biggest family surveys available in the UK. The headline findings below lend urgency to the need for policy solutions focused primarily on improving stability amongst unmarried new parents. These include re-establishing the need for and importance of marriage and prioritising a national programme of relationship education, starting with Let’s Stick Together that has demonstrated the ability to access 30% of all new parents.






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