In an obscene reversal of cause and effect, Tory MPs such as Sir Edward Leigh boast of there being “an absolute wealth of evidence on the importance of marriage to the welfare of children”.Well, of course there is, if you – the policy-makers, the people who make decisions on workers’ rights, living wages, free childcare, discrimination law, tax credits – want it to be so. The party of noble knights such as Sir Edward does not promote marriage to alleviate suffering; it enables suffering in order to promote its own patriarchal model of the nuclear family (and while we’re on that subject, let’s remind ourselves that there’s also “an absolute wealth of evidence” showing that the biggest threat to a woman’s safety comes from a live-in male partner). According to the charity Gingerbread, up to one in three children with a working single parent is living in poverty. We know that low pay, job insecurity and welfare cuts hit the vulnerable the hardest.
You may also experience some issues with your browser, such as an alert box that a script is taking a long time to run. Latest Available (revised): The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team.After all, so the narrative goes, single parenthood isn’t a normal way of raising children.It remains something in-between a mortal sin and an unfortunate accident.There’s something especially chilling this piece of news being used as an opportunity to repeat meaningless, stigmatising lines about children “growing up in workless households”.