Money Programme: Rising costs causing couples to delay starting families
A survey for BBC Two's The Money Programme suggests that nearly half of all
people who plan to have children are delaying starting a family because of the
The survey commissioned exclusively for The Money Programme: The Cost Of Kids - broadcast on Friday 2 March at 7pm - also found that more than a quarter
of women polled say they returned to work before they were ready - with 80% saying the
reason for this was financial.
The survey suggests that 43% of people who plan to have children are delaying
starting a family until they have saved money.
When asked to identify a reason, or reasons, why they had not yet had children 20% cited
wanting to have a bigger house first before starting a family, while 36% wanted
a better job.
The cost of raising a child until the age of 21 is estimated to be £180,000* and this figure is rising.
The survey carried out for The Money Programme by YouGov found that just over a
quarter (28%) of women polled said they returned to work before they were ready, and
80% of this group said the reason for going back early was financial.
Mary MacLeod, Chief Executive of the National Family and Parenting Institute, is worried that children are becoming a commodity and says if children did not cost so much
people would have more.
She told the programme: "We are making it seem as if
you have to be in this wonderful perfect position before you take on the
responsibility of having children and I find that a great shame.
"I think it
kind of buys into the sense that children are a becoming a commodity."
It is estimated that full-time childcare for a child aged two to five costs £13,969.
the National Day Nurseries Association told the Money programme "quality
doesn't come cheap and there is a cost towards that quality".
The survey also suggests that one in five parents (19%) buy products such as toys
and gadgets for their children after pressure from them; a further 19% pay
for such items on credit; and 32% of parents admit to paying for such
products for their children by "going without" themselves.
Notes to Editors
Any use of the above should be credited to: The Money Programme: The Cost Of
Kids, Friday 2 March 2007, 7pm, BBC Two.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size
was 2,253 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 8 and 10 January 2007.
The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are
representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). YouGov plc make every effort to
provide representative information. All results are based on a sample and are
therefore subject to statistical errors normally associated with sample-based
* Based on figures from Liverpool Victoria.