Published: 12th Jan 2021

Low-income families with children are twice as likely to have increased their spending during the pandemic so far than the rest of the population, according to new research. The study by the Resolution Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation-funded Covid Realities research project at the University of York found spending patterns of low-income families with children have been very different to the wider population during the pandemic, and during the first lockdown in particular. More than a third (36%) low-income households with children have increased their spending during the pandemic so far (rising to 37% during the first lockdown), compared to around one-in-six (18%) who have reduced their spending. Among high-income households without children, 13% have increased their spending, compared to 40% who have reduced it. The report highlights three main reasons for these extra pandemic pressures. First, parents identified that having children at home 24 hours a day led to higher food … (To read the full article, subscribe below)