Cost of Family Breakdown

Government under pressure to back marriage as cost of family breakdown hits £51 billion

Family support minister Kit Malthouse will face questioning today by MPs (Tuesday 30th) over the Government’s failure to back marriage as the best structure for stable families.

The debate in Parliament comes the day that the annual cost of family breakdown, calculated by Relationships Foundation, is revealed to have reached an all-time high of £51 billion.

The figure, which has risen from £37 billion ten years ago, takes into account the cost to the taxpayer of families splitting up across areas including tax, benefits, housing, health, social care, civil and criminal justice and education.


Here you can download the Research Briefing Paper as a PDF and the Press Release where it is available.

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Mail Online, January 30, 2018

By Steve Doughty: Marriage break ups cost the taxpayers £51 bn a year

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