Why 25% of mums are lone parents

One in four of us are single mums, and one of the top reasons why has changed, according to new survey


The number of mums who live alone has increased from 10% to 25% over the past 20 years, a new study has found.


According to the study – the British Social Attitudes survey for the Centre for Policy Studies – more than half of all the single mums involved hadn’t ever lived with a partner in 2006. Two decades earlier, this was the case for only 15% of lone mums. Generally single mums in the 1980s had separated from a partner after being married or living with them for some years, the report claimed.

“It seems that lone motherhood is less a result of relationship breakdown, more a lifestyle choice,” said Geoff Dench, a sociologist involved in the survey. He also made mentioned of the role of state benefits, having said, “The existence of state benefits as source of economic security seems to be encouraging young mothers not to bother with male resident partners.”

Earlier this week, a pledge to combat prejudice against lone parents was signed by the three main political parties, reported the Telegraph.


The media unfairly depicted parents – both mums and dads – who lived alone as “scroungers”, the lone parents charity Gingerbread has said.

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