The lockdown effect on births within marriage a year later

New births data for 2021 from the Office for National Statistics showed a sharp fall in births within marriage to below 50% for the first time. Here’s our response:   Harry Benson, research director of Marriage Foundation, commented: “Births outside of marriage have been hovering just below 50 per cent for the past decade. A sharp […]

Lockdown and births outside marriage

New figures from the Office for National Statistics show that more than half of all births in England & Wales are now to unmarried parents for the very first time. In 2021, 51.3% of births were to unmarried parents compared to 49.0% in 2020. The context to this is the long term trend away from […]