Thousands of children could find themselves stuck at home this summer because more and more families are sacrificing days out to help save money.
Charity Family Action says the average day out can cost up to £80. Its survey of more than 2,000 mothers reveals how 54% are planning to cut back because they can no longer afford to go away.
- A week's holiday away from home is out of reach for many children both in the squeezed middle and the very poorest households
- In the bottom income group 62 per cent of children want but can't afford a week's family holiday away from home compared to 6 per cent in the top income group
Just a very small minority of parents expected to take their children away for a week's family holiday. Those who were had budgeted carefully for it throughout the year:
Attraction admission fees were identified by parents as the largest cost of a day out followed by travel and food.