The study found that while 62 per cent of 15-year-olds own a smartphone, only 57 per cent live with their fathers.
Tory MP Andrew Selous said: ‘It’s a very alarming and shocking statistic and a call to action to put strengthening family stability much higher up the political agenda.’
The report warned that the number of single-parent families had risen by 20,000 a year between 2010 and 2013.
It said 48 per cent of children aged five and under in the poorest 20 per cent of families were now from broken homes. The CSJ also found more than 1million children had lost contact with their grandparents as a result of separation or divorce.
I’ve been saying for a long time that governments should stop giving benefits by default, and make social workers earn their salaries by finding out if there is a way to convince people to go another way.
There are many ways a government can encourage families to stay together, and to reduce the possible damage that single parenthood can do. If they’re going to be in people’s business at all, they should be trying to do something good there. The possibilities include, but are not limited to…
- Required parenting classes throughout high school, since most people will end up being or assisting parents.
- Encouraging father involvement whenever this would not be harmful, and requiring it in some cases.
- More benefits for low income families who stay together than for those that split.
- Requiring DNA testing of all children who go into the welfare system, and applying limits to benefits when it is clear that the father has made children with multiple women within a 10 year period. It will encourage women to check a man’s history if they know they may get nothing from having babies with a trifling man-hoe.
- Matching and teaming up low income and student single parents for legally relevant co-parenting arrangements, so that the kids have at least two people with a vested interest in their wellbeing looking after them.
There are many ways to make life better for single parents while at the same time encouraging dual parental involvement, commitment, and marriage.