Marriage decline means more people are living alone

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  • Number of middle-aged people living alone rises dramatically as marriage drops

    Almost 2.5 million people between the ages of 45-64 live alone with no partner or children, says a new report by the Office for National Statistics.

    This is a growth of over 50 per cent since the mid-1990s, and coincides with marriage rates that are found to be continuously dropping.

    The study report suggests that divorcees or those not committed to long-term relationships find it harder to win partners in their middle age.

    However, others suggest that the benefits system is to blame, as married couples gain less and mothers who say they are single get greater handouts.  

    Over a million couples are estimated to be ‘living apart to together’ to benefit the most from the welfare state in terms of financial payout.  

    Patricia Morgan, family researcher, told the Daily Mail: ‘This is a fall-out from the spread of casual unions and the effective state discrimination against marriage.’

    She further added: ‘People who live alone are more likely to need the NHS or social services… People think that it is cheaper if people don’t form families. It isn’t.’

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