International Family Day is not as warm and fuzzy as it sounds – it is a day used to mark the economic contribution families make to a country, and whilst we find the idea that this has actually been made into a ‘thing’ quite grotesque, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released some interesting data for today, so we’re sharing it.
In a bid to make their data engaging and “on-trend”, the ONS have titled their information, “Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families”. (Is it just us, or is there an implicit Tory-flavoured dig at men here in an attempt to goad them? Who uses the phrase “in charge” any more?)
The 5 facts on offer are as follows:
- Cohabiting couple families were the fastest growing family type since 1996
- Number of working families peaked in 2014 at 87.7%, the highest since 1996
- Largest increase in the percentage of working families since 1996 has been in lone parent families
- Fathers are over 6 times more likely to be working than mothers, in families with one working parent
- Children with relatively high life satisfaction are 2.5 times more likely to talk to parents
We’re not quite sure where the emphasis on children’s rights hits this data (point 5 is a gloss on the matter), though we think we’ve made our point about this release being more of a marketing exercise than a valuable public service style announcement…
Thank you to Dana for sharing this with us.