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Fact File

 

In Northern Ireland there are nearly 92,000 lone parents with 150,000 children.

Between 20% and 25% of all families in Northern Ireland are one-parent families.

 

More vital statistics

  • 46% become lone parents due to separation or divorce (Census 2001)
  • 7% become lone parents due to bereavement (DHSSPS)
  • less than 3% of lone parents are teenagers ('A wise head on young shoulders ' Jena Muston - Gingerbread NI 1998)
  • 80% of lone parents are aged 25-49 years (Census 2001)
  • 60% of lone parents are in debt (Lone Parents Needs Assessment - NHSSB - Lynda Spence - Gingerbread NI 1996)
  • 75% of single parent households have no savings compared to 41% of all households in NI (Family Resources Survey 2004/05)
  • 67% live in rented accommodation (Census 2001)
  • 67% of lone parents live on an average of £ 156 per week (New TSN - the way forward)
  • 90% of lone parents wish to work outside of the home at some stage (DHSSPS)

For further Census 2001 figures follow the link to the Northern Ireland Statistical Research Agency http://www.nisra.gov.uk

Pressures lone parents face

 

  • Stress
  • Social isolation
  • Negative attitudes in society
  • Low personal expectations
  • Stereotyping
  • Financial difficulties
  • Poverty and Debt
  • Economically disadvantaged by high fuel costs in NI
  • Find it difficult to finish /or continue education and training
  • Limited access to relevant training opportunities
  • Challenges with childcare provision - high cost and access
  • Poor health
  • Basics such as fresh vegetables and meat become a luxury
  • Complexity of Benefit and Tax Credit Systems