Lone home rise

31st March 2000 at 01:00
A FIFTH of children now live in lone-parent households, a three-fold increase since 1972, says a leading think-tank.

A report from the Family Policy Studies Centre also reveals almost 38 per cent of babies are born outside marriage, compare with 7.2 per cent in 1964; 150,000 children live in families of divorced couples, double the 1971 figure. The centre also found that the average age of mothers has risen to 29 from 26 in the 1970s and women are having fewer children.

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