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Nearly half of parents still give pocket money to their adult children

Nearly half of parents still give pocket money to their adult children

A new survey has revealed 42% of parents are still giving pocket money to their children aged over 18 years.

Loans at Home surveyed 1,000 parents to discover the reasoning behind why they gave pocket money to their children and how it was earned.

The results revealed that 61% of parents start giving pocket money to their children when they are under eight years-old, with one in nine under-fives receiving pocket money. Most parents (42%) revealed that they will continue to give pocket money to their kids even when they’re over 18, with the rest (35%) stopping between the ages of 13-17.

When it came to how it was earned, 60% of parents used pocket money to teach their children the value of money, with rewarding their kids for chores coming a close second (at 56%).

Other responses as to why pocket money was given to kids included allowing their children to socialise. More than a third of one to three year olds get pocket money to give them the chance to socialise, the highest percentage across all of the age groups.

Of those parents surveyed, 24% didn’t give their children any pocket money. The reasoning behind them choosing not to give pocket money ranged through parents thinking kids didn’t need it, they already get enough, or they’re too young to get pocket money.

The survey also aimed to compare the changes in pocket money over the years. When parents were asked how much they got as children, it averaged at just over £5 (£5.05) per week, with children now getting almost double this amount, with the average pocket money being received as £9.01.

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