A paper examined trends in the number and characteristics of lone parents in the United Kingdom; in particular, the changing demographic processes associated with becoming a lone parent, and changing risk factors for poor health.
Source: Ann Berrington, The Changing Demography of Lone Parenthood in the UK, ESRC Centre for Population Change
An article examined demographic variations between ethnic groups in England and Wales in terms of household size. Convergence over time of the number of children per household was interpreted as a fall from high fertility immediately after immigration. Stable high numbers of adults per household among Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi groups suggested a continued demand for larger houses. The article said that there was relatively little relationship between household size and local co-ethnic concentrations.
Source: Gemma Catney and Ludi Simpson, 'How persistent is demographic variation between ethnic groups? The case of household size in England and Wales', Population, Space and Place, Volume 20 Issue 3
A report provided a summary of findings on concealed families in England and Wales, from 2011 Census data. A concealed family was defined as one living in a multi-family household in addition to the primary family, such as a young couple living with parents. It said that there were 289,000 concealed families in 2011 (1.8 per cent of all families in households), compared with 170,000 (1.2 per cent) in 2001. Lone parent families with dependent children were the family type most frequently concealed (4.3 per cent of all lone parent families with dependent children).
Source: What Does the 2011 Census Tell Us About Concealed Families Living in Multi-Family Households in England and Wales?, Office for National Statistics
An article presented indirect estimation methods used to estimate ethnic-specific fertility rates and project the ethnic-group populations of local authorities in England to 2051.
Source: Paul Norman, Philip Rees, and Pia Wohland, 'The use of a new indirect method to estimate ethnic-group fertility rates for subnational projections for England', Population Studies, Online first
An article examined how strongly fertility trends responded to family policies in developed (OECD) countries. Paid leave, childcare services, and financial transfers were each found to have a positive influence on average, suggesting that the combination of these forms of support for working parents during their children's early years was likely to facilitate parents' choice to have children. Cash benefits covering childhood after the year of childbirth, and the provision of childcare services for children under 3, had a larger potential influence on fertility than leave entitlements and benefits granted around childbirth.
Source: Angela Luci-Greulich and Olivier Thevenon, 'The impact of family policies on fertility trends in developed countries', European Journal of Population, Volume 29 Number 4