August Bank Holiday seaside trips unattainable for one in five families

August Bank Holiday seaside trips unattainable for one in five families

August Bank Holiday seaside trips unattainable for one in five families

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SEASIDE holidays taken in August are out of reach for one in five families because their incomes are so low, says Barnardo's.

The children's charity calculated the cost of an August bank holiday, looking at the cheapest train fares for a family of four from cities and towns to their nearest seaside resort. The research also analysed the family price of sun-cream, fish and chips and ice-cream.

It showed a no-frills day trip cold cost a family in the Midlands around £134.

Javed Khan, Barnardo’s Chief Executive, said: "Family holidays have a special place in the childhood memory box, and every child deserves to have a day out once in a while, no matter what their circumstances.

“Whatever the weather, a day at the seaside with the family is a day to treasure. It is an opportunity for children to spend a healthy, happy time and experience a British cultural tradition; to play on the beach, splash in the sea and build sandcastles. It is an opportunity every child should enjoy.

“Yet for hundreds of thousands of families struggling to make ends meet, a trip to the pier is but a pipe-dream.”

The research showed the poorest families have too little money to cover basic weekly living costs, let alone a trip to the beach.

One in five families currently bring in less than £423 a week for their families. Barnardo’s calculations also reveal - after covering basic living costs - a family of four on this income could not afford a seaside trip in any location across the country.

Minimum disposable weekly income for the poorest one in five families is £39.

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10:48am Mon 25 Aug 14

brooksider says...

Why should Barnardo's only look at train fares?
There are quite a few local coach companies offering day trips to Weston for £56 for a family of four.
Why should Barnardo's only look at train fares? There are quite a few local coach companies offering day trips to Weston for £56 for a family of four. brooksider
  • Score: 6

10:52am Mon 25 Aug 14

truth must out says...

.....and on a positive note the figures mean 8 out of 10 families CAN afford it. Why doom and gloom all the time??
.....and on a positive note the figures mean 8 out of 10 families CAN afford it. Why doom and gloom all the time?? truth must out
  • Score: 4

10:54am Mon 25 Aug 14

liketoknow says...

why go on a Bank holiday? that's a crazy time to go for a daytrip . August is always expensive anyway ,
why go on a Bank holiday? that's a crazy time to go for a daytrip . August is always expensive anyway , liketoknow
  • Score: 8

12:31pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Hwicce says...

Why should everyone be able to afford a day trip to the coast? If they could would Banardo's be complaining they couldn't all afford a weekend in France, and then a week in Florida?

It's this hand out, I deserve to have everything everyone else has, attitude that gets people into the mess with debt that a lot of people are in.

People just have to live within their means.
Why should everyone be able to afford a day trip to the coast? If they could would Banardo's be complaining they couldn't all afford a weekend in France, and then a week in Florida? It's this hand out, I deserve to have everything everyone else has, attitude that gets people into the mess with debt that a lot of people are in. People just have to live within their means. Hwicce
  • Score: 7

1:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

LindaJS says...

Children deserve to be treated. Most sensible people do live within their means preferring a day out rather than a longer holiday. People work damned hard and still can't even afford to take their kids out. Don't blame them, blame the Government for not paying people a living wage. Those who complain in the negative about parents wanting to take their kids away should be looking at our MP's who take, take, take, preferring to spend our taxes on duck houses, **** and subsided alcohol.
Children deserve to be treated. Most sensible people do live within their means preferring a day out rather than a longer holiday. People work damned hard and still can't even afford to take their kids out. Don't blame them, blame the Government for not paying people a living wage. Those who complain in the negative about parents wanting to take their kids away should be looking at our MP's who take, take, take, preferring to spend our taxes on duck houses, **** and subsided alcohol. LindaJS
  • Score: -6

3:34pm Mon 25 Aug 14

skychip says...

Cheaper if you take a picnic.
Cheaper if you take a picnic. skychip
  • Score: 6

8:51pm Mon 25 Aug 14

SgtAl says...

As a matter of note, it is not the Government that are responsible for paying a living wage, it is usually the employer (private sector).
As a matter of note, it is not the Government that are responsible for paying a living wage, it is usually the employer (private sector). SgtAl
  • Score: 6

9:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

rabbityrabbit says...

Bank holiday seaside trip on the train? It's not the sixties...
A day out for us was taking the dog across the Bromyard downs or walking across the Malvern Hills.
Even now this would cost very little and could even burn off some unwanted fat that some poor children have from eating takeaway food whilst playing on the Playstation.
Bank holiday seaside trip on the train? It's not the sixties... A day out for us was taking the dog across the Bromyard downs or walking across the Malvern Hills. Even now this would cost very little and could even burn off some unwanted fat that some poor children have from eating takeaway food whilst playing on the Playstation. rabbityrabbit
  • Score: 5

9:43pm Mon 25 Aug 14

3thinker says...

Here we are in one of the richest countries in the world.

This article points to the fact that 20% of families have very limited disposable income.

And what do we get from the majority of commentators - patronising comments about how the 'undeserving poor' should spend less and budget more. No doubt fuelled by assumptions that most of those on low incomes are spongers on the state and should be grateful in their poverty.

Such a sad reflection on the lack of understanding and compassion in our local community, but also at a national level.
Here we are in one of the richest countries in the world. This article points to the fact that 20% of families have very limited disposable income. And what do we get from the majority of commentators - patronising comments about how the 'undeserving poor' should spend less and budget more. No doubt fuelled by assumptions that most of those on low incomes are spongers on the state and should be grateful in their poverty. Such a sad reflection on the lack of understanding and compassion in our local community, but also at a national level. 3thinker
  • Score: -2

9:32am Tue 26 Aug 14

presterjohn says...

This is a bit of a silly story. We Take several holidays per year and still can't justify the expense of a bank holiday break. It is the most expensive time to go away in the year! Growing up we had some lean years and I don't think we went away at all for a couple of years in a row. If I blame anyone it was my Dad who always paid the minimum he could get away with after my parents divorced. No one thought to blame the Government back then regardless of who was in power. Even now if you are not working you have to cut your cloth accordingly. You will always find a cheap break available at some time of the year going cheap via ebay or a newspaper offer.
This is a bit of a silly story. We Take several holidays per year and still can't justify the expense of a bank holiday break. It is the most expensive time to go away in the year! Growing up we had some lean years and I don't think we went away at all for a couple of years in a row. If I blame anyone it was my Dad who always paid the minimum he could get away with after my parents divorced. No one thought to blame the Government back then regardless of who was in power. Even now if you are not working you have to cut your cloth accordingly. You will always find a cheap break available at some time of the year going cheap via ebay or a newspaper offer. presterjohn
  • Score: 0

1:10pm Tue 26 Aug 14

pinkfluff says...

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http://www.ibtimes.c o.uk/uks-poorest-amo ng-most-financially- stricken-europe-1452 895 pinkfluff
  • Score: 1

3:33pm Tue 26 Aug 14

rabbityrabbit says...

If you can't afford it, you don't have it. If I want something, I work for it.
Perhaps the 20% of people who can't afford a break need to check on spending priorities.
If you can't afford it, you don't have it. If I want something, I work for it. Perhaps the 20% of people who can't afford a break need to check on spending priorities. rabbityrabbit
  • Score: 0
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