There Are More Things That Unite People on Social Security Than Divide Them


Many of the barriers to work identified within Beyond the Barriers are faced by other disadvantaged groups to some extent.  Lone parents are not unused to being vilified in the media, but they are nothing like the people that some claim them to be.

Less than 2 per cent of single parents are teenagers; the median age of single parents is 38.1 and around 8 per cent of single parents (186,000) are fathers.

The employment rate for single parents varies depending on the age of their youngest child.  Once their children are 12 or over, the single parents’ employment rate is similar to, or higher than, the employment rate for mothers in couples (71 per cent of single parents whose child is 11 to 15 are in work).

Incidentally, where single parents are not working, this is often because there are health issues that make work difficult; 33 per cent of unemployed single parents have a disability or longstanding illness and 34 per cent have a child with a disability.  Check out Gingerbread Statistics to learn more, including the fact that the average duration of single parenthood is around 5 years.

9 thoughts on “There Are More Things That Unite People on Social Security Than Divide Them

  1. the other thing about single parents is that not all the kids were born of mothers who were not in a live together relationship., be it civil partnerships or marriage.dont know any stats but so many are born in wedlock or within a relationship where both parents live together and probably have done for years then the relationship breaks down or the marriage fails and a single parent family results. the other parent is still around in most cases .rarely are though in the typical unmarried mother where she has not been in such a relationship.


    • Around half of single parents had their children within marriage; 49 per cent are separated from marriage, divorced or widowed. Of course, this percentage excludes the wider category of relationship.


  2. Thanks John, thats almost 50%. i get so annoyed when people say to me about the “promiscuous young girls who land up as single parents” grouping all single parents together with those who get pregnant when young & unwed or in a long lasting relationship. some they think, to get a council house. (that doesnt happen often here.)


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