Analysing the latest ONS statistics on marriage for 2013, Marriage Foundation has found:
Harry Benson, Research Director for Marriage Foundation, commented:
“The latest statistics show marriage rates fell dramatically in 2013. It is a damning indictment of a supposedly pro-marriage government. Despite all their rhetoric of wanting to help promote family stability and improve outcomes for children, they have failed to tackle the disincentive to marriage in the tax system.
“So far this government has brought in a token married couples tax allowance, worth a paltry £200 a year. It’s no wonder that that has done nothing to counter the £7,000 tax penalty on couples who move in together.
“The reluctance of our Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb to champion marriage when he himself benefits from the stability the institution provides is surprising.
“It is irrefutable that marriage benefits families hugely and children in particular. Evidence shows that child outcomes are worse in lone-parent and non-married families because of the devastating effect of family breakdown.
“Only seven percent of parents who are still together when their children reach 15 are not married. If this Government is serious about tacking family breakdown, it needs to back marriage unambiguously.”
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The Marriage Foundation was founded by Sir Paul Coleridge, a High Court Judge, moved by his personal experience in 40 years as a barrister and judge specialising in family law. The Foundation seeks to improve public understanding of marriage reduce the numbers of people drawn into the family justice system – some 500,000 children and adults each year.
The Foundation has highlighted the crisis of family breakdown. Their research has found that a child born today only has a 50 per cent chance of living with both parents by the time they reach fifteen.
Foundation research has also found that 93 percent of parents who stay together until their child’s fifteenth birthday are married.