25/03/2011 10:39 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Women Delay Motherhood Because They Can't Afford A Baby

New research has found that women are putting off having babies – because they can't afford to start a family.

One in seven now say they are delaying motherhood until they know their jobs are safe and the economy has improved.

The findings come amid new reports that more than half of families in the UK are struggling to pay back their debts. The Bank of England has disclosed that the majority of people who have unsecured debts, such as credit cards or personal loans, are already struggling to cope. The new figure – 51 per cent – is the highest logged by the Bank since records began.

Nearly 90 per cent of Brits say they have more money worries this year than in 2009, with more than two thirds worse off by £250 per month.

Simon Terry, from online firm Discountvouchers, which carried out a poll of women asking them about their financial situation and plans to start a family, said: 'People's wallets are being hit harder this year than last, despite the recession seemingly ending.

' And with January's VAT increase and rising petrol and energy costs, things are going to get worse.'

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