Soaring costs of sending children to school forcing parents to cut food spending

The Mirror is reporting that a survey is suggesting parents are cutting spending on food and heating to fund the rising costs of sending their children to school.

And the cost of educating a child from starting school to finishing university is estimated to cost parents an average of £41,000, according to an education charity.

Research by the charity, the Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation shows, that families are sacrificing necessities as the cost of education soars.

A survey of 1,000 parents by the charity found one in seven (14%) have cut food spending and a similar number (13%) are spending less on heating and water.

A third of parents (33%) have foregone holidays and one in four (25%) have missed out on evenings out…

The RMNEF survey found that almost half of all children (48%) have missed out on an educational experience because of the cost, according to their parents…

Among the highest costs for school-aged children are uniform (£229 on average), lunches and food (£277), school trips (£292) and sports and musical equipment (£208)…

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We have no idea how accurate a survey like this really is (and I cannot find any links on the RMNEF website), but do you think there is something to the idea that the costs of sending children to school are getting higher and higher?

If so, what consequences are you seeing and what should be done to minimise the impact or reverse the trend?

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