Women are having fewer children than ever before and more are staying childless, the Office for National Statistics revealed. Women who turned 45 in 2016 had an average of 1.8 children, down from 2.21 for the generation who turned 45 in 1944.
The same generation also had fewer children by their 30th birthday, suggesting that women are having children later in life. Women who turned 45 last year had 1.06 children by 30 compared with 1.8 for their grandmothers' generation who turned 45. In total, 18 per cent of women who turned 45 last year had no children at all, compared with 11 per cent of women in their mothers’ generation.
The ONS figures show that the average size of families in England and Wales peaked for women born in 1935 and has been falling since.
And it will keep falling. We all know that the only thing that stops it tanking completely is immigrant mothers propping up the fertility rate – for now.
Now, usually I would blame the feminists for this but today I can’t be bothered. The truth is Britain is not very family friendly. (It is true that it has been friendly to my family, for which I am grateful, but one cannot ignore the general for the specific, and say well I’m fine, sod the rest of you.)
The ‘please have a child deal’ seems to go something like this: have a child in one of the most un-family friendly tax systems in Europe; raise it in an overpriced small house (if you are lucky); take maternity leave but after that you are unlikely to be able to stay at home and care for your child even if you want to, because of said punishing tax system and housing costs.
The childcare you will need (because you have to pay the overpriced mortgage on the overpriced house) will be extortionate because the government meddled with the market through subsidies and regulation.
So, you will never see this kid you had. Instead you get to dump it in childcare for 40-50 hours a week while you both work. Congratulations!
Then the school near you might be oversubscribed and in general public services on offer are poor because of the population explosion caused by immigration that you are not allowed to talk about.
Britain has experienced a population increase of more than 5million in a just over a decade, from 2005 to 2016. The previous 5million rise took 35 years to achieve, between 1970 and 2005. We know we are overcrowded, so overcrowded the Tories are going to pave over much of our green and pleasant land to provide the necessary housing.
So, the question is not why don’t these women have children, but why do the ones who do have children, have them?
This is what happens when you squander the inheritance of the next generation. This is what happens when you fail to conserve public services, the landscape and family. This is what happens with you ignore the intergenerational contract. People do not have children if they don’t think there is anything worth passing on.
Concluding, Thomson says it is babies or immigration needed to keep Britain afloat. That choice has already been made.