Married parents are best, admits Blairite think tank

Evening Standard UK 5 Nov 06
Children do best when brought up in married families, Tony Blair’s favourite think-tank admitted yesterday. A stable background means they are less likely to be out of work, live off the state, become single parents, or even smoke in later life, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research. It said it also accepted that children are better off with married parents than with parents who cohabit.The report from the country’s most prominent and influential Left-leaning policy group contradicts eight years of Government rhetoric saying that all families are equally good. Billions of pounds have been targeted at single parents while ministers have undermined the legal and social status of marriage, according to critics.