Please note: this research was conducted in December 2021 and was accurate at the time of writing.
We've surveyed UK parents to find out what their priorities are when it comes to saving for their children, and whether it's actually feasible for them to offer their desired level of support.
01. Attitudes towards saving
How do parents in the UK feel about saving for their children?
02 Saving for property purchases
Are parents planning to give financial support to their child in purchasing a property?
How much are parents planning on contributing to the cost of property?
Londoners have had the most help from parents (43%), compared with parents in the East of England who gave the least financial support - with only 18% helping with a property purchase.
03 Saving for higher education
Are parents planning to support their child with the cost of higher education?
04 Saving for weddings
Are parents planning to contribute to the cost of their children's weddings?
How much are parents planning to contribute to the cost of weddings?
Did the parents of those surveyed contribute to the cost of their wedding (if they had one)?
05 Saving for cars
Are parents planning to contribute to the cost of their children's first car?
06 Making the savings
How are parents planning to support their children?
How much are parents planning to invest for their children by the time they turn 21?
What would parents like their children to spend their savings on?
New research from Wealthify reveals a fifth (20%) of UK parents try to save for their children because they fear life will be harder for them. This follows the news that the cost of living has soared to its highest rate in 10 years.
Nearly one quarter (22.8%) of parents in the UK haven’t set up any savings for their children while over three quarters (76.4%) plan to:
- Out of those who plan to or already save for their children, Junior Cash ISAs were the most popular (50%).
- 40% of parents plan to save between £5,000 and £15,000 by the time their children reach 21.
- 35% of parents plan to save more than £15,000 by the time their children turn 21.
Below, Wealthify uncovers how parents plan to save to support their children when they reach key milestones.
- First home
43.9% of parents said they plan to contribute to their child’s first property:
- Over half (54%) of those contributing said they plan to give between £10,000 to £30,000.
- 3% of parents contributing to a new home plan to give between £30,000 - £50,000
- 1 in 17 (5.8%) parents would contribute £50,000 - £70,000.
- Parents living in London are more likely than any other region to contribute to their child’s first home, with 67% saying they would help.
- Welsh parents are the least likely to support with home purchases, yet over half (51%) will still contribute.
- Only 30% of parents surveyed had financial support from their families to buy their first home.
- Higher Education
With more young people attending university in the UK than ever before and tuition fees increasing, it seems parents’ finances are taking a hit too:
- One third (30%) of parents say they would not contribute to the cost of their children’s higher education.
- 43% of parents who said they will contribute expect to fork out between £1,000 to £3,000 per year towards higher education.
- Almost a fifth (18.1%) of Londoners anticipate spending more than £5,000 per year to support their child, the highest percentage of parents to say this compared to the rest of the UK.
35% of parents surveyed are committed to contributing to their children’s weddings:
- Most parents (42.8%) plan to spend between £1,000 to £5,000 on their children’s weddings.
- Over a quarter of parents (27%) plan on spending in the realm of £5,000 to £15,000.
- Parents in Northern Ireland were the most likely to say they would not contribute to their children’s ‘big day’ (47.5%) compared to Londoners, who were least likely to say they wouldn’t help fund a wedding (30.2%).
- 35% of UK parents plan to contribute to their children’s future weddings but 42% of parents received financial support from their own parents. This suggests that covering the cost of weddings may be less of a priority for Brits as time progresses.
- First car
Nearly half (46.9%) of all UK parents plan to contribute to their children’s first car purchases – rising to 50.3% in Scotland and 50% in Northern Ireland, the highest rates compared to the rest of the UK. Further stats:
- UK parents will fork out an average of £1,912 on a car for their child.
- Parents in the East Midlands were the least likely to say they will contribute (42.8%).
- Londoners will spend out the most, with the average London parent spending almost £500 more than the national average, at £2,455.
- Parents in Wales plan to spend the second most at £2,282 per child, closely followed by parents in Northern Ireland who will spend £2,013.
- Parents in the East Midlands were found to be most frugal on the cost of motors, spending almost £1,000 less than those in London.
About the data:
This information was gathered on behalf of Wealthify, by Savanta, speaking to 2,000 UK adults with children under 18