- Jun 8, 2009
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- People's Republic of NJ
THREE-QUARTERS of children in some parts of Britain will be born to unmarried mothers within the next parliament, official figures indicate.
The number of births to single mothers and unmarried cohabiting couples is set to exceed 50% across the country in the next five years.
Knowsley, Merseyside, one of Britains most deprived areas, has the highest proportion of children born to unmarried mothers, with the figure on course to hit 75% by 2014.
Critics believe the trend is further evidence of a deterioration in family values under Labour. It will present David Cameron with a pressing social problem if the Tories who have pledged tax breaks to less well-off married couples win power at the general election.
Its tremendously worrying, said Ann Widdecombe, a former Home Office minister. I think marriage has become devalued, as people dont respect their wedding vows and therefore others dont see the point of it.
Children do much better at growing up against the background of two parents who are married and stably so
Up to 75% of births to be outside marriage - Times Online
Hmmm. What percentage of these families are on public assistance? Anyone want to take a guess?