Marriage a preserve for the better off, UK survey shows
THE BETTER-OFF are almost 50 percent more likely to wed than those with less money, according to official figures.
The study from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also shows that the marriage gap in the UK has widened over the past decade. In 2001, top earners were 24 percent more likely to tie the knot than those lower down the social ladder. Yet now the figure has soared to 48 percent.
“Marriage has become a preserve of the better off. That means we have much less stability throughout the population,” said Christian Guy, director of the Centre for Social Justice.
“We have had a benefits system which says not just don’t get married, but don’t bother getting together. You are better off financially if you live apart. The cost of getting married is also putting people off having a wedding.”
The ONS divides workers into seven social categories with higher managerial at the top. At the bottom are those in so-called routine occupations such as cleaners and waiters. Nine out of 10 new parents in the top bracket were married. By contrast, only half of those paid the minimum wage could make the same claim.
Today, the average 15-year-old is more likely to have a smartphone than a father at home.
In 1964, 93 percent of children were born to married parents. The fall in marriages is also having a knock-on effect on family breakdowns among the less well off. – Daily Mail