Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions anfd also the minister charged with many family law related responsibilities, has enthusiastically greeted the news that the number of children living with both parents has risen to 70%.
The statistics, which are taken from the Family Stability Indicator, show a three percent rise between 2010/11 and 2012/13.
The rise comes off the back of the £30 million plus that the government has invested since 2010 in various relationship breakdown prevention initiatives. For example, during the period, nearly 50,000 couples have undergone government sanctioned relationship counselling – something proponents say has helped reduced the divorce workload of the family law courts.
“We know the importance of stability for children,” said Duncan Smith. “So it’s good news that there has been a rise in the number of children living with both birth parents. Family breakdown can have a devastating impact on children, which is why we have invested heavily in relationship support – to prevent it happening in the first place rather than waiting to pick up the pieces later.”
However, critics have pointed out that the figures could easily be seen as misleading. For example, writing in The Guardian, Polly Toynbee said that it “appears that more new babies now don’t live with both parents – up from 15% to 21%”.
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