The Facts

While families in Britain come in many shapes and sizes, the proportion of families headed by a lone parent appears to have stabilised over the past ten years, refuting suggestions that tax and benefit policies in recent years have favoured or created more lone parent families.

What hasn’t changed for lone parents is that they remain the poorest family type. Half of children growing up in a one parent family are poor – even though nearly sixty per cent of lone parents are now in work.

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