Cost Of Raising A Child To Age 21 Is 'More Than A Semi-Detached House', Report Finds

Raising a child to the age of 21 costs "more than the average semi-detached house", a new report has found.

Across the UK, the typical parent is likely to spend £231,843 raising a baby born this year, an increase of 65% since 2003 when analysts at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) first calculated the cost of parenthood.

The most expensive years for raising a child are when he or she is between the ages of one and four where parents typically spend £63,224 during these years.

The report, commissioned by insurance company LV=, compared the figures to a Halifax report that showed the average price of a semi-detached house in the UK is £219,255 - £12,588 less than the average cost of raising a child.

The cost of raising children is more than £230,000

The cost of childcare has risen by 4.3% since this time last year when the average cost was £229,251, according to the researchers.

The report showed the cost of raising a child varies across the UK, from £253,638 in London to £214,559 in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Parents will spend around £74,000 on education, excluding private school fees but including school uniforms, lunches, trips and equipment as well as university costs.

Analysts at Cebr found that sending a child to private school would add, on average, £141,863 for a child attending day school, or £260,927 for a child boarding at school.

The first year of a child's life is an expensive one, with parents typically spending £11,498.

Parents spend more than £70,000 on childcare and babysitting when raising their child, amounting to nearly a third (30%) of the total cost of raising them to the age of 21.

Siobhan Freegard, founder of video parenting site said while money undoubtedly makes things easier for a family, it doesn't buy love or any of the other emotional elements you need to raise a family successfully.

"Official Government figures show the UK is home to more families containing four or more children than at any time since the early 1970s, and 9.5% of children now have three or more siblings," she told The Huffington Post.

"Less wealthy large families have to budget very tightly, but the on-going supermarket price war and the rise of savvy shopping using coupons and discount codes has made this much easier.

"There is also greater acceptance of children wearing second-hand clothes and parents buying pre-loved children’s toys, furniture and equipment like bikes and buggies.

"Ultimately, parents have the size of family they feel is right for them and very few people will put themselves under pressures they cannot cope with.

"While a big family can be a financial challenge, it’s can also a blessing worth much more than money."

See below for a breakdown of all costs from the report.

Here is how the £231,843 cost of raising a child adds up, according to calculations from Cebr (figures have been rounded):

Childcare and babysitting: £70,466

Education (excluding private school fees): £74,430

Food: £19,004

Clothing: £10,942

Holidays: £16,882

Hobbies and toys: £9,307

Leisure and recreation: £7,464

Pocket money: £4,614

Furniture: £3,408

Personal items: £1,130

Other (includes driving lessons, first car, birthday and Christmas presents): £14,195

The cost of a child by age:

First year: £11,498

Years one to four: £63,224

Years five to 10: £48,479

Years 11 to 17: £55,197

Years 18 to 21: £53,445

The average cost of raising a child by region:

London: £253,638

South East: £245,756

East of England: £239,125

South West: £236,534

West Midlands: £234,269

North West: £223,832

East Midlands: £229,416

North East: £217,820

Yorkshire and the Humber: £214,559

England: £233,136

Scotland: £230,988

Wales: £215,144

Northern Ireland: £242,413

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