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Published on June 29th, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


The cost of single parenting – do you survive on under £25k?

Research carried out by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed that single parent families need an income of £25k just to survive.

They say the price of the minimum standard of living has risen by a quarter over the past five years, with the increased costs of childcare, energy, rent and food being a major contributor.

While a working couple with two children now need to earn £19,400 each to maintain ‘adequate living standards’, the JRF found that a lone mum or dad needs to bring home around £25,600.

Back in 2008 when the JRF carried out similar research, the figure was £13,000.

The Foundation reports that if that 2008 figure had risen in line with inflation, today, single parents would only be taking home a pre-tax income of £14,000. The JRF says this is around £3,000 short of the £16,850 needed to cover the higher costs of living in 2013.

The report can be downloaded here.

What does this research mean to you? Do you have a figure you strive to bring home each week/month in order to live comfortably as a single parent? Or do you think it is just simply the case that one-income single-parent families are always going to struggle?

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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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