Study shows a ‘man desert’ in Gosport ward

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ALMOST two-thirds of families in a ward in Gosport are presided over by a lone parent, according to a report.

A study by the Centre for Social Justice – an independent think tank – suggests that the number of lone parents nationally is heading for 2m, increasing by 20,000 a year.

The ward of Gosport Town is among the top 20 for lone parents at 65 per cent of households.

The figures, taken from 2011, show that 58 per cent of households in Gosport Town have a single mother.

The highest in the country is a district of Sheffield, where three-quarters of the households have lone parents.

The study indicates one in four primary schools has no male teacher. CSJ director Christian Guy said: ‘There are “men deserts” in many parts of our towns and cities and we urgently need to wake up to what is going wrong.’