William Eichler 25 November 2022

One third of surveyed single parents skipping meals

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Single parents are being forced to skip meals because of the cost of living crisis, new research reveals.

Carried out by Which?, the survey of over 4,000 people found that parents – especially single parents – are being hit particularly hard by the squeeze on living standards.

Three in 10 single-parent households surveyed said they had skipped meals due to rising food prices – compared with one in seven of parents in couples and one in seven of all those surveyed.

Eight in 10 single parents and three quarters of couples with children surveyed said they had made at least one financial adjustment – such as cutting back on essentials – in the past month to cover essential spending. This compares with just six in 10 among everyone surveyed.

One in five single-parent households and one in seven couples with children in our survey said they had missed or defaulted on a vital payment.

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