Single parent households left worse off as research reveals many “family deals” favour two-parent families


Single parents are being left worse off as new research reveals the discrepancy between one-parent and two-parent households on family deals such as events, holidays and activities.

The free debt help provider PayPlan analysed different family deals provided in the UK and found that many of the deals work out at a much higher cost for single parents than two-parent families.

The research demonstrates that single-parent families are paying £12.50 more than two-parent families when they buy a family ticket to see a film at an Odeon cinema. A family ticket would cost £32 per paying adult in single-parent household as opposed to £19.50 for two-parent families.

This discrepancy also extends to day trips. Single parent families are expected to spend £113 per paying adult for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford as opposed to £70 for a two-parent family. This leaves single-parent families £43 worse off.

Family deals on holidays from the UK can cost single parents up to £2262 more than a two-parent household. It costs £4707 per paying adult for a single parent to take two children on a Mediterranean family cruise. A family deal for two parents costs £2,444.

One woman, a single parent with a daughter, told PayPlan: “I am missing out on a lot of activities with my daughter as we always find we need more people with us to make up a ‘traditional family’.

“I don’t think this is fair at all. Families these days are different, and companies should be moving to adapt to this change and offer family discounts to a wider range of family sizes.

“If it’s somewhere we want to go to, usually we will take other people with us if we can get a decent discount for any offers.”

The research is part of PayPlan’s #CostOfSingleParenting campaign which highlights the ways in which many “family deals” don’t accommodate single-parent households.

One in four families in the United Kingdom is run by a single parent. One-third of children with a single parent are living in poverty with one in ten single-parent households relying on food banks or turning to payday lenders in order to get by.