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One-Parent Families

Volume 22: debated on Tuesday 20 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the incidence of single parents in each local authority with social services responsibility in Scotland.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 April 1982, c. 394]: The only figures currently available for local authority areas with social services responsibilities are from the 1981 census. They relate to the numbers of private households in which there were usually resident only one person aged 16 years or over with one or more children aged under 16. Most of these would be one-parent families; however, the figure may account for only about one half of all one-parent families, as some contain children aged 16 or over and others live in households containing relatives of the parent or other adults.

1981 Census: households with only one adult plus one or more children aged under 16
AreaNumberPer cent, of households
Scotland40,4552·3
Regions:
Borders5991·6
Central2,1482·3
Dumfries and Galloway8741·7
Fife2,6662·3
Grampian3,2231·9
Highland1,2381·9
Lothian6,3612·4
Strathclyde19,4612·4
Tayside3,5582·5
Islands Areas:
Orkney1081·6
Shetland911·2
Western Isles1281·3