Teen pregnancy rates in the UK fall

Teen pregnancy rates in the UK fell by 3.9 per cent between 2007 and 2008, new data shows.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 1,325 girls under 18 in England and Wales fell pregnant in 2008.

The number of pregnancies among under-16s also fell over the period, dropping by 7.6 per cent to 7,577.

However, this figure falls short of government targets to halve teenage pregnancies by 2010 from 46.6 conceptions per 1,000 girls in 1998.

Current levels stand at 40.4 per 1,000 girls in 2008.

Secretary of state for children, schools and families Ed Balls admitted that the target would be hard to achieve, saying: "It was a really ambitious target - it was a 50 per cent fall. I think it was right to set an ambitious target and it is going to be really hard to make that amount of fall."

"But it is not enough. I'm still worried about it and there is a lot more to do," he added.

Posted by David Smith