The survey found Wales the cheapest place to raise a child, at £172,632, and inner London the most expensive, at £193,562. According to the Halifax, the average house price is now £184,593.
“While there is substantial cost and responsibility attached to raising children, we mustn’t forget the huge joy and happiness a child brings to parents,” said Mary MacLeod, chief executive of the National Family and Parenting Institute.
She said that while the survey reflected average costs of raising children, it did not show that for poorer parents this was a much larger proportion of their income than more affluent parents.
“Raising a child is a responsibility to be shared between parents and the state and so it is right that the state should share the financial burden with parents." (My Italics)
Enough to make my blood boil here. Mary MacLeod spouting such gibberish; no wonder she is a multi-quango-tax-eating-monster. Since when is the State responsible for bringing up our kids? What sort of idiocy is this to peddle to people, as if somehow there is a third parent?
We need to head back towards people becoming responsible for their own lives; not leaning further on the state. It reminds me of the need to hark back to Mrs Thatcher and her off-misquoted speech:
"I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it. 'I have a problem, I'll get a grant.' 'I'm homeless, the government must house me.' They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation."