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2.4 million separated families in Great Britain in 2017/18

In 2017/18 there were approximately 2.4 million separated families in Great Britain including 3.5 million children. The figures have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions.

In that period 48 per cent of separated families had a child maintenance arrangement. The resident parents in separated families received approximately £2 billion in child maintenance payments. Between 2015/16 and 2017/18 approximately 90 per cent of resident parents in separated families were female and approximately 90 per cent were under 50 years of age.

In 2017/18 child maintenance payments reduced the number of children living in low income households – the greatest impact was on absolute low income after housing costs, with 120,000 fewer children in low income households based on this measure as a result of child maintenance payments.

For the full statistics concerning separated families, click here.

29/3/20