Pocket money inflation exceeds parent wage hikes

Edith Hancock
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Not only are kids getting more pocket money, fewer are expected to work for it (Source: Getty)
Bad news for working parents: the average allowance for UK youngsters is growing at an unprecedented rate, and it’s even outstripping their parents’ wage growth this year.

Average pocket-money for eight-15 year olds has soared by 448 per cent in nearly 30 years, compared with just a 193 per cent increase in parents’ income over the same period.

Although it’s not all plain sailing for kids, as this year average allowances have dropped by 2.4 per cent to £6.20, while average worker’s wages have are up two per cent.

Not only are kids reaping the rewards of better wages more than the grown-ups earning them – fewer and fewer are even expected to work for their money.

According to a survey from Halifax, only 59 per cent of youngsters are expected to undertake chores in return for their allowance this year, down from 65 per cent in 2014. Bedroom tidying remains the most common task that children have to do.

The golden-age of pocket-money was the noughties, with eight-15 year olds earning an average of £8.37 per week. Things haven’t really recovered since the recession kicked off in the latter part of the decade, as allowances haven’t risen above £6.50 in 10 years.

Ever wary of taking sides on a debate about fair pay, Halifax Savings chief Giles Martin said: “Most parents are clearly very generous when it comes to how much pocket money they give their children.”

While most children's allowance is around the £6 mark, some 15 per cent of children surveyed get over a tenner a week.

How tidy are their rooms!?

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