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Raising a child costs an average of 672 euros per month: the cost of food and reconciliation is skyrocketing

Date: October 2, 2022 Time: 19:51:37

the cost of raising a child in 2022 in Spain 672 euros per montha 14.5% more than in 2018 (when it was 587 euros), and 900,000 families, the poorest, directly they cannot cover these costs even giving away all of their income, according to a Save The Children report. The organization believes that “it can’t be that raising a child in Spain is a luxury” and that there are families who have to “choose between putting healthy food on the table or putting glasses on the child.”

“If we focus on households living below the poverty line, for 54% of them, spending on raising children exceeds their income, they would have to allocate more than 100% of the income coming into the house, there are about 900,000 households, these are cases in which parenting is a real drama. Often the question boils down to “they eat or we eat?” said Alexandre Elu, Save the Children’s anti-poverty specialist.

This was announced on Tuesday at a press conference held in Seville on the occasion of the upcoming elections in Andalusia to ask the new government to commit politics “view of childhood”. An NGO study for children entitled The Cost of Parenting in 2022 shows deep regional differences in this district. For example, the average cost of breeding in Andalusia drops to 641 euros per month, and in Catalonia to 819 euros. This means that raising a child in the Catalan community is up to 27.8% more expensive than in Andalusia.

In addition, it has been observed that the costs of raising a child are increases with age, on average from 556 euros for ages 0 to 3 to 736 euros for ages 13 to 17. As Alexander Elou pointed out, this is “conflicted” with the way child-rearing assistance is offered, which is mainly concentrated in early childhood. Parenting items that increased the most in price compared to 2018 related to recurrent housing costs (up 53%), furniture and appliances (up 30%), and leisure and toys (up 25% ).

When it comes to the most expensive products or services in the consumer basket in Spain, the Save the Children report ranks first. feeding (which is 17.4% of the cost), followed by reconciliation -which includes children’s education or extra-curricular learning- (17.3%), emergency expenses such as gifts or vacations- (14.1%), education (13.1%) and housing (12.5%). Faced with this situation, Catalina Perazzo, Save the Children director of social protection and child policy, offered several recommendations such as universal child care allowance 100 euros monthly for families with children under 18; updating the real cost of educational allowances for families receiving PMI and low-income families; and a reduction in the tax rate on diapers and menstrual hygiene products.

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