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Research reveals how expensive it is to raise kids in Greater Manchester this summer

Research reveals how expensive it is to raise kids in Greater Manchester this summer

It’s no secret that having children can be expensive, especially if you’re a single parent. In fact, research from consumer legal services company, Slater and Gordon, tells us which cities in the UK are the most expensive for raising kids during the six week summer holiday. 

The survey of 1,000 single parents across the UK shows that people spend on average an extra £207.80 on each child over the summer break. Shockingly, one in five (18%) will spend upwards of £300 per child on additional activities such as days out, holiday clubs, babysitting and additional food and drink which, if you have multiple children, quickly adds up. 

When it comes to which cities are the most expensive, surprisingly, London comes out as one of the cheapest. The full list, including how much on average is spent per child, is: 

  • Glasgow, £253.4 
  • Sheffield, £248.1 
  • Belfast, £238.8 
  • Plymouth, £236.4 
  • Cardiff, £233.5 
  • Liverpool, £225.7 
  • Edinburgh, £222.7 
  • Leeds, £218.3 
  • Manchester, £213.1 
  • Birmingham, £204.5 
  • Nottingham, £202.8 
  • Southampton, £201.0 
  • Brighton, £197.6 
  • London, £197.0 
  • Norwich, £190.1 
  • Newcastle, £175.8 
  • Bristol, £162.9

The six-week break from school has significant impact on household budgets in Manchester with 61% of single parents saying they have experienced financial hardship due to the additional costs of having children at home and 67% spend the summer worrying about money. This has most likely been exacerbated further this year due to the cost of living crisis.  

Despite more than half of single parents experiencing serious money troubles during the break, one in five (19%) said they would not let their children’s other parent take them on holiday if they themselves were not able to take them on a holiday of equal value. This can eventually lead to animosity when trying to co-parent which has a negative impact on children. 

Georgina Chase, head of family practice at Slater and Gordon, provides advice on how to best navigate these issues:

“Trying to co-parent responsibly and harmoniously can be difficult. The extended leave from school during the summer break and differing financial circumstances can compound this and what were once smooth amicable arrangements for children can quickly become contentious. 

“In the interests of all involved, especially the children, it is best for familial disputes to be resolved outside of the court. This may mean negotiating through Solicitors to agree a written child care routine for the summer period and/or involving a third-party neutral mediator to objectively look at the issues and work with parents to agree on a plan of action that is best for the children and one which also benefits the parents. 

“This may be agreeing to divide the cost of additional child care, activities/clubs that children will need whilst they aren’t in school or sharing the fun activities between the parents, so a child can experience these with both of their separated parents. Each set of arrangements will look different depending on individual family circumstances, but it is important to work out and agree on a system that puts the best interests of children first”

The research also shows that only 15% of single parents in Manchester have some kind of agreement with their ex-partner regarding the care of their  children and almost half (47%) wish their ex-partner took more responsibility for child care over the summer break.  

For more information on Slater and Gordon, visit: www.slatergordon.co.uk  


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