Lonely UK

Here’s an article I came across, fron The Daily Mail, which I found interesting. It made me think and I asked myself a few questions. Have a read and tell me what you think. If you would like to discuss anything or want coaching in this area, get in touch :)

Lonely UK: Number of middle-aged people living alone rises dramatically as marriage continues to decline

  • Almost 2.5m aged 45-64 have no spouse, partner or children living with them
  • Amount has grown 50% since the mid 1990s
  • Number of loners has pushed up demand for housing

The decline of marriage has left ever-increasing numbers of middle-aged men and women living alone.

Almost 2.5million between 45 and 64 have their own home but no spouse, partner or children to live with them.

The army of such loners has grown by more than 50 per cent – 800,000-plus – since the mid-1990s, an official analysis said yesterday.

And the number of men on their own has increased far more than women.


The Office for National Statistics report suggests that men who have not committed to long-term relationships or whose marriages have been ended by divorce are finding it harder to win partners once they reach middle age.

One reason could be that middle-aged women with good qualifications and jobs have little interest in forming relationships with lower-earning men.


The numbers of people aged 16 or over who live alone

Family researcher Patricia Morgan said of the ONS analysis: ‘These are appalling figures and we have to ask why the Government is ignoring this development.

‘This is a fall-out from the spread of casual unions and the effective state discrimination against marriage.’

She added: ‘The growth of numbers of people living alone is very expensive indeed, in terms of state benefits, the need for more development and  health and social services care, because 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.


Read the full article on: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226138/Lonely-Britain-A-MILLION-people-live-1996.html#axzz2JfoB9uzN



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