Revealed: the number of babies in Peterborough born to single parents

One in eight Peterborough babies are born to single parents, new data reveals.

Tuesday, 22nd January 2019, 8:46 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 6:19 pm
New data reveals number of babies born to single parents

Single parent charity Gingerbread said lone parents still face some stigma, but that recent reports debunk the idea that having only one parent can negatively impact children.

Office for National Statistics figures show that 221 babies were registered by just one parent.

A further 194 had two parents living at different homes.

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That’s a total of 415 children being raised by single parents in 2017 – 14% of the births in Peterborough.

Across England, 52% of babies were registered by parents who were married or in a same-sex civil partnerships, in line with the average for the UK.

In Peterborough, it was just 50%.

Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of Gingerbread, said single parents’ aspirations for their children may be thwarted by circumstances out of their control.

She said: “The majority of single parents work, but many are still locked out of the secure, flexible employment opportunities they need in order to provide for their children.

“Low-paid and insecure jobs, as well as the lack of affordable childcare, mean that some single parents struggle to put food on the table for their children.

“The Government must work with Jobcentres, employers and childcare providers to ensure that work genuinely provides a route out of poverty.

“We need to strengthen the system of support for single parents to provide a decent standard of living for them and their children.”

There were 1,115 babies born to couples who were living together but not married - 36% of the total.

When counted alongside those who are married or in a civil partnership, it means that 86% of babies in Peterborough were born to a family with two parents at home.

In 2017, there were 3,072 births, 1,550 boys and 1,522 girls.

In 50 cases, mothers in Peterborough went into labour at home.