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July 2013

Britain’s lone parent families are increasing at a rate of more than 20,000 a year and will exceed two million by 2015, according to a new report

The report from the Centre for Social Justice, which accuses the government of turning a blind eye to its commitment to promote family stability, says that at least one million children are growing up without a father

In addition, some of the poorest parts of the country have become ‘men deserts’ because so few primary schools have male teachers. Across England and Wales, one in four primary schools has no male teacher and 80 per cent have fewer than three

Father absence is linked to higher rates of teenage crime, pregnancy and disadvantage, the report warns. In a foreword to the report titled ‘Fractured families: why stability matters’, CSJ director Christian Guy warns of the ‘tsunami’ of family breakdown battering the country

He said the human, social and financial costs are devastating for children and adults alike. Yet faced with this national emergency, the response from politicians of the Left and Right has been ‘feeble’

Mr Guy said, ‘Our political discourse about family policy must mature. Family breakdown is an urgent public health issue. Backing commitment and setting a goal of reducing instability does not equate to criticising or stigmatising lone parents or those involved’.

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