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Raising a child in Spain costs 672 euros per month, 14% more than four years ago


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The Spanish families allocate 672 euros per month to the upbringing of each of their children in 2022, which represents 14.5% more than in 2018 (year in which Save the Children began to calculate the cost of parenting), when the amount dedicated to this purpose was 587 euros.

This is one of the main conclusions of the report. ‘The cost of breeding in 2022‘, that Save the Children has presented at its headquarters in Seville within the framework of the campaign for the regional elections in Andalusia this Sunday to expose “the reality of those who do not vote.”

It should be noted that the increase in the CPI in the last four years has been 11.3%. If this figure is compared with the different child-rearing expenses, it can be seen that some have increased in parallel with inflation: food (13%), hygiene (9%), clothing and footwear (13%) or housing (15%); while others have done so above: leisure and toys (25%), furniture and fixtures (30%) or energy supplies (53%).

The child-rearing bill, according to Save the Children, deters many people from having children, as evidenced by the fact that Spain is, with a fertility rate of 1.19 children per womanone of the countries with this lowest parameter.

In this sense, the research shows that “it is not the same to raise your son or daughter in Andalusia what in Catalonia», as evidenced by the fact that in the first territory the average cost of rearing is 641 euros per month and in the second, 819 euros, 27.8% more expensive. the The Community of Madrid is the second most expensive: raising a child involves an expense of 814 euros per month.

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Alexander Elu, poverty specialist of the organization, found that the needs of the kids “change as they grow”, which is reflected in family spending, which increases over the yearsand varies from 556 euros for the age range between 0 and 3 years to 736 euros for the age range between 13 and 17 years.

He explained that for the ranges from 0 to 3 years and from 4 to 6 years, the higher cost is that conferred on nursery, babysitters and nursery school, which represents a third and a fifth of the total, respectively; while after 7 years the highest item is food.

This served him to deplore that the parenting aidboth in Spain and in Europe, focus on early childhood, since the increase in needs should be addressed as children age.

Elu commented that the cost of parenting “is not the same for all families”, for some of which “it can represent a real problem”, such as the 900,000 who live below the poverty line and who allocate more for this purpose. 100% of the income they receive. «For them, the dilemma is ‘either they eat; or we eat,'” she attested.

He also underlined that median income families spend 47% of their income on raising their childrenwhich should make it necessary to understand support for parenting as «a country need, a public priority».

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For her part, Catalina Perazzo, director of Social Advocacy and Childhood Policies at Save the Children, regretted that Spain spends 1.3% of its GDP on aid to families and children, compared to 2.3% of the average Europe, and very far from countries like Germany (3.4%), Luxembourg (3.3%) and Denmark (3.3%).

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For this reason, he raised the need for start up a new aid for raising children of 100 euros per month on a universal basis for families with dependent minors, through a refundable personal income tax deduction, which would cover 15% of the average cost of child rearing and “help those who have the least”, for which 5 would have to be allocated, 7 million euros.

In the end, he proposed an update of the real value of parenting supplements to families that receive the Minimum Vital Income (IMV) and to tax menstrual hygiene products and diapers at the super-reduced rate of VAT at 4%, or eliminate this tax , which would mean a reduction in the tax burden of 7.3 million euros and 138.5 million euros, respectively.

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