Marriage break ups cost the taxpayers £51bn a year

Jan 30, 2018 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline:

The cost of family breakdown has soared to more than £50 billion a year, according to a new analysis yesterday.

It said the price to taxpayers of supporting people whose marriages or partnerships have fallen apart has now reached £51 billion in a year, up from £48 billion last year.

The costs have risen by nearly six per cent in a year, almost double the rate of inflation, according to the calculations by the Relationships Foundation think tank.

The estimates, which take into account increasing costs in terms of welfare benefits, health, housing, social care, and the education and justice systems, put the cost of family breakdown at £37 billion a decade ago – around three quarters of current levels.

The Foundation said: ‘Some people will be wary of language which suggests that enabling good relationships is the business of the state, but we need to remember that the state, through the taxpayer, already is involved in picking up the ever-increasing bills.

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