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Darwen and Rossendale top of the single parent families ‘league’
9:00pm Friday 17th August 2012 in Darwen
ROSSENDALE and Darwen has by far the highest proportion of single parent families of any parliamentary constituency in East Lancashire, new figures reveal.
With 5,000, 42 per cent of the total, it is far higher than the national average of 25 per cent putting it in the top 30 of the United Kingdom.
While the rest of East Lancashire is around the UK mean figure, Ribble Valley, with 18 per cent of families with a lone head (2,000) is the lowest proportion.
The figures, provided by the Office for National Statistics show Blackburn has 3,000 lone parent families or 23 per cent and Burnley 3,000, 29 per cent.
Chorley has 3,000, 23 per cent; Hyndburn 3,000, 26 per cent; and Pendle 3,000, 27 per cent.
Across the UK there were 1.926 million lone parent families in 2010 - the last year figures are available for. This is the highest proportion of single head households with children of any major European country.
The places with the highest proportions are the urban hearts of London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.
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