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 OLDER COUPLES MORE LIKELY TO DIVORCE
 
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the marital status and living arrangements of people aged 16 and over in England from 2002 to 2014. They show that there has been an increase between 2002 and 2014 in the percentage of the population who divorced at ages 50 to 64 in 2014.

They reveal:

*In 2014, 51.5% of people aged 16 and over in England were married or civil partnered while 33.9% were single, never married.
*Between 2002 and 2014 the proportion of people aged 16 and over who were single or divorced increased but the proportion that were married or widowed decreased.
*The increase between 2002 and 2014 in the percentage of the population who were divorced was driven by those aged 45 and over, with the largest percentages divorced at ages 50 to 64 in 2014.
*In 2014 around one in eight adults in England were living in a couple but not currently married or civil partnered; cohabiting is most common in the 30 to 34 age group.
*More women (18.9%) than men (9.8%) were not living in a couple having been previously married or civil partnered; this is due to larger numbers of older widowed women than men in England and Wales in 2014.

The rise in this trend of older people divorcing seems to have stemmed from the idea that divorce is no longer seen as a stigma anymore. Generally, older people have realised that divorce has become socially acceptable and couples are able to separate amicably.  

What are your views on divorce?


Published by Sukhdeep Dhillon
 

02/07/15
COULD EMPLOYMENT AND SUPPORT ALLOWANCE BE SCRAPPED?

Plans to scrap part of the UK’s main benefit are being considered.

The Employment and Support Allowance has been described as a “passive benefit” which does not give people an incentive to find a job and thus propositions have been put in place to abolish the work-related activity group altogether.

If scrapped, weekly payments would drop nearly £30 from £102.15.

These cuts would allow the government to save £12 billion from its welfare bill. However, many disabled charities are concerned that those who are less able to work will suffer.

What are your views?

Should Employment and Support Allowance be abolished or is there a need for it to continue?

Published by Sukhdeep Dhillon