3 in 10 London parents use their overdraft most months

New Equifax survey reveals parents spend around £1,656.51 per child per school year on extracurricular costs

New research commissioned by Equifax, the credit information provider, illustrates the financial challenges some families are facing on a monthly basis. New pressure comes with the increase in the Bank of England base rate with 3 in 10 parents living in London confirming they go into their overdraft facility in an average month.1

When it comes to the financial strain facing families, 33% of parents confirmed they have missed monthly credit card payments compared to the national average 25%. 47% of families surveyed in London believed that they would be able to survive financially for up to 4 months if they lost their job. However, nearly a quarter (23%) said they would only be able to last a month or less financially if they faced this situation.

"With the Bank of England making its first interest rate increase in a decade, UK households may well be worried about what it means to their budgets," explains Lisa Hardstaff, consumer credit information expert at Equifax. "It may not sound like a big rise, but even an additional small amount added to an already tight household budget can add financial pressure."

The Equifax commissioned research also highlights the added financial pressure on parents during the school year. According to the research, parents in London spend on average £1,656.51 per school year per child on extracurricular activities, uniform, wrap-around care, school lunches and technology compared with the National average of £1,400. With government cuts in education funding, many schools have a school voluntary fund which can cost the parents surveyed on average an additional £13 per term. Extracurricular activities add up to £105.46, whilst wrap-around care costs £200.93per term. With school lunches costing £143.76 a term per child, it’s easy to see how the costs soon mount up.

"Our survey shows that whilst 61% of London families appear to be managing their current budgets others are struggling to pay their credit card debt, leaving them vulnerable to additional charges", added Lisa Hardstaff. "As we start to enter the Christmas period which traditionally can add additional pressure to already financially stretched families we urge them to use a budget planner so they can see all their financial commitments and help to prioritise payments."

The Equifax Budget Planner can be downloaded from here



1All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from OnePoll. Total sample size was 2,000 adults that have children between the age of 4 – 16 years old. Fieldwork was undertaken between 8th to 22nd August 2017. The survey was carried out online

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