The Background: ‘Setting the Scene’

  • Leanne McCarthy-Cotter


This chapter sets the scene for a deeper understanding of the context in which the 1991 Child Support Act was formulated, and how the ‘problem’ was constructed. It provides an historical and contextual background, looking at the trends relating to lone-parent families in Britain. This chapter demonstrates that the period preceding the creation of the 1991 Child Support Act was one of considerable change, not only in terms of the changing landscape of lone parents, but also a change through the introduction of New Right ideas within the Government and the popular press.


Lone parent Families Single mothers New right Demographic trends Benefits Children Social policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leanne McCarthy-Cotter
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  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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