Brighton & Hove families (2011 Census data taken from ONS table KS105EW)

  • In 2011 there were 29,809 households in the city with one or more dependant children (an increase of nearly 4,000 since 2001)
  • 29 per cent of households with dependant children are lone parent households
  • 8,637 lone parent households with one or more dependant children (an increase of 1,674 since 2001)
  • Nearly three quarters (7,150 children, 73 per cent) of the children living in poverty in Brighton & Hove live in lone parent families (and 88% are headed by women).  
  • This compares to 68 percent in England and 71 per cent in the South East. (2011 Child Poverty Index, Department of Work and Pensions)

In the UK:

  • There are around two million single parents – they make up a quarter of families with dependent children (i)
  • Less than two per cent of single parents are teenagers (ii)
  • 64.4 per cent of single parents are in work (iii)
  • The majority of single parents don’t receive child maintenance payments (iv)
  • 41 per cent of children in single parent families live in relative poverty, around twice the risk of relative poverty faced by children in couple families (24 per cent). (v)
  • families with children headed by single parents has remained at around 25 per cent for over a decade (vi)
  • single parents who were fathers has stayed at 9 per cent for over ten years (vii)
  • single parents in work increased from 55.8 per cent to 64.4 per cent over the past decade (viii)
  • single parent families are still nearly twice as likely to be in poverty as those in couple parent families. (ix)

i. ONS (2014) Families and households, 2014. Table 1.
ii. Gingerbread analysis of Labour Force Survey (April-June 2012). Aged 16-19 years.
iii. ONS (2015) Working and workless households, 2015. Table P.
iv. Gingerbread analysis of Understanding Society Wave 3 data.
v. DWP (2015) Households below average income, 1994/95-2013/14. Table 4.14ts
vi. See reference i.
vii. See reference i.
viii. See reference iii.
ix. See reference v.