So, what’s driving this lack of confidence?
Matching the broader economic concerns of UK parents, the rising cost of living also topped the poll for being your biggest personal concern in 2017. Digging deeper, when it came to specific products you were most concerned would rise in price over the next twelve months, the rising cost of utilities came out on top (72%), followed closely by petrol (71%) and household products (including food) (64%).
For many of you, worries around the rising cost of living is equally likely to be compounded by concerns around a reduction in disposable income, with 71% of you understandably concerned about this drop. What’s more, 40% of you feel as though you now have less disposable income than you did five years ago – a stark contrast to the one in five (20%) who said they feel as though they have more.