One in five Brits are worried they won’t be able to feed their family during the summer holidays

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Almost one in four (24%) parents are worried they won’t be able to afford additional childcare whilst they are at work this summer

81% are depending on a form of finance other than their main income to provide for their family

New research has revealed that almost one in five people (17%) are concerned that they won’t be able to afford food for their families during the summer holidays this year.

As we approach the summer break and families are feeling the pinch, searches for “food bank near me” have increased by 200% over the past month.

With one in ten of Brits (11%) claiming they currently accumulate an extra £500 worth of debt every month, research has also discovered the sacrifices families have made to make ends meet this year and the concerns for the forthcoming summer holidays.

A quarter (24%) of parents are worried they won’t be able to afford additional childcare whilst they are at work this summer and 13% have stated they may need to take unpaid leave to cover childcare arrangements.

What changes are families making to make ends meet this summer?

As many families report that they will struggle to afford essentials this summer, Brits are reducing spend on essential amenities. Almost one in ten (8%) say they have sold or changed their car to a lower-cost method of transport, while 6% have moved to cheaper accommodation.

Furthermore, a quarter (25%) say they have had to stop adding money to their savings accounts, leaving many families vulnerable to unplanned outgoing costs. This could worryingly put many at risk of debt should the unexpected occur.

The survey also polled families on less essential outgoings which their households are cutting back on, with a third (34%) saying they are sacrificing meals out. Other cutbacks include fewer birthday gifts (28%) and purchasing no new clothes (28%).

What changes will you be making as a family to make ends meet in 2023?

%

Stop eating out 34%
Fewer birthday and Christmas gifts 28%
No new clothes 28%
Cancel holidays 25%
Stop adding money to savings accounts 25%
Cancel subscriptions such as Netflix, Amazon Prime etc 22%
Switch to packed lunches 18%
No school trips 14%
Cancel home renovations 13%
Cancel courses such as driving or music lessons 11%
Sell or change car to a lower-cost method of transport 8%
Move to cheaper accommodation 6%
Cancel a house move 5%

What are the biggest financial worries for the forthcoming summer holidays?

The UK’s biggest financial concerns this summer include not being able to afford additional childcare whilst working throughout (24%), as well as how much the school break could impact household bills (23%).

Worryingly, 17% of Brits are concerned that they won’t be able to afford food and others are feeling the social pressure of not being able to keep their children entertained (12%). One in ten (9%) are already feeling the pressure to save for the children’s next school uniform in September.

How do you feel about the upcoming summer holidays?

%

I’m worried about how I’m going to be able to afford additional childcare whilst I am at work 24%
I’m worried about how the school break might impact my household bills 23%
I’m worried about how I’m going to be able to afford to feed my family during the school break 17%
I’m worried that I might have to take unpaid leave to cover childcare arrangements 13%
We can’t afford to go on holiday this year 13%
I’m worried my child will miss out because I can’t afford to entertain them during the school break 12%
I’m worried about how I’m going to afford my child’s new school uniform 9%

How are the increasing financial burdens impacting you & your family? Leave a comment and let us know. 

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