Numbers on a widow's benefit;
The decreasing numbers reflect men's growing life expectancy, the gradual disappearance of war widows and greater likelihood of remarriage. Here's what I find interesting.
Welfare state proponents say the DPB hasn't shaped people's behaviour. It is not a lifestyle choice. Single parenthood is pretty much accidental, unplanned or unforeseen. A bit like widowhood. In which case one would expect the numbers on the DPB to remain fairly steady reflecting demographic and labour market changes.
Let's see what happened to the DPB numbers;
I accept the picture is complex and many arguments can be made for the blow-out in the latter group but I hold that the stark contrast is essentially about choice.
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