Number of middle-aged people living alone in the UK soars

The number of middle-aged people living alone in the UK has jumped by about a half over the past two decades, figures show.

There were 2.43 million 45 to 64-year-olds living on their own in 2017, compared with 1.59 million in 1996, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The rise may be down to a jump in the...