UK Fatherhood Statistics
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UK families by family type and presence of children (thousands). Estimated figures.
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YearTotal lone parent familiesLone mother family% of totalLone father family% of total
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19962445208985.4435614.56
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19972372205586.6431713.36
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19982474216387.4331112.57
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19992490216286.8332813.17
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20002428210886.8232013.18
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20012512215985.9535314.05
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20022547220586.5734113.39
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20032593224786.6634613.34
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20042681231586.3536613.65
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20052688234387.1734512.83
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20062682233587.0634712.94
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20072671232086.8635213.18
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20082729238687.4334412.61
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20092853247886.8637513.14
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20102896251786.9137913.09
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20112853251388.0834111.95
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20122975257586.5540013.45
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Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS), Office for National Statistics
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Notes
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In the table .. indicates that the data are not sufficiently reliable to be published.
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Families with no children and non-dependent children only have been added together for civil partner couple families and same sex cohabiting couple families to improve the robustness of the estimates.
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A family is a married, civil partnered or cohabiting couple with or without children, or a lone parent with at least one child. Children may be dependent or non-dependent.
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Dependent children are those living with their parent(s) and either (a) aged under 16, or (b) aged 16 to 18 in full-time education, excluding children aged 16 to 18 who have a spouse, partner or child living in the household.
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Non-dependent children are those living with their parent(s), and either (a) aged 19 or over, or (b) aged 16 to 18 who are not in full-time education or who have a spouse, partner or child living in the household. Non-dependent children are sometimes called adult children.
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Families with no children are families where there are no children currently living in the household. This does not necessarily indicate that the adult(s) in the household have never had children.
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Lone Parent Families
Family Size
Dependents vs Non dependents