History and Family in Britain

History and Family: Setting the Records Straight. A rebuttal to the British Academy pamphlet Happy families?
By: Rebecca Probert and Samantha Callan
Source: The Centre for Social Justice

From the press release:

Britain’s levels of births outside marriage are at the highest point for at least 200 years, according to a major new study of the history of the family from a leading think-tank. Cohabitation levels have also soared from under 5% pre-1945 to 90% today.

The inquiry finds that births outside marriage were at low levels throughout the 19th Century and stayed flat until the 1960s. But since then they have soared, from a long-standing baseline of 5 per cent to 45 per cent today.

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