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Half of families have one child: Cost of childcare feared to be accelerating decline of the traditional 2.4 children family

By Matt Chorley, Mailonline

Nearly half the families in the country have just one child, according to an official analysis.

It found the number of one-child families has increased by almost 700,000 in 15 years, and they are likely to be in the majority within a decade.

The Office for National Statistics said larger families are under pressure because of ‘the greater challenge of combining work with childcare with three or more children compared with one or two’.

Many families can no longer afford to have more than a single baby, experts said. 
Most mothers now have to go out to work to pay the bills.

And those who stay at home to bring up their children are increasingly penalised by the tax and benefit system.

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