The Changing Face of Families – August 2016
The Changing Face of Families is the first in a series of three reports to be published by the Scottish Widows think tank the Centre for the Modern Family (CMF), analysing what the future holds for the UK’s families.
The next generation of parents are delaying plans to start a family mainly due to affordability concerns, new research from the latest CMF has revealed:
- Half (50%) of 25-34 year olds are delaying their plans to start a family mainly due to affordability concerns, making this a bigger barrier than career goals (37%) or getting married (42%)
- Almost half (45%) plan to delay starting a family for at least three years
- A further fifth (21%) have debts they want clear before having children.
This report is based on both quantitative and qualitative inputs, including a nationally representative YouGov survey of 2,305 adults, with an added boost of 16-18 year olds, interviews and discussions with the Centre for the Modern Family panellists and a series of focus group sessions also conducted by YouGov. Fieldwork was undertaken between 23rd May and 2nd June 2016.