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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2010): Social security - UK

Three generation extended families without men are creating a new underclass, says report

L. Roberts

Daily Telegraph, Mar.4th, 2010, p. 12

This research into extended families in the UK today found that increasing numbers of single mothers are themselves the product of a one-parent family. It concludes that the absence of men makes this type of family more likely to be totally reliant on benefits. Lives revolve around caring for children, with little evidence of either mothers or grandmothers engaging in paid work. There is concern that a new parasitic underclass dependent for material support on the rest of society is developing.

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