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London is the loneliest place in the UK to be a parent

David Clack

Thought your life was a boring, pointless slog of endless isolation? You’re probably right. And d'you know what won’t help? Having kids. A survey by charity Action for Children has found that 34 percent of parents in Greater London regularly feel cut off from friends and support – ten percent more than the national average and the highest in all of the UK.

The survey of 2,000 mums and dads also found that 57 percent of parents think it’s important to have friends who are also parents. So if you are thinking about having kids, it could be smart to make a pact with your closest coupled-up chums and agree to conceive around the same time. Sort of like a sex party, but with a clear purpose. 

In all seriousness, though, raising kids in London is tough. Thankfully, Action for Children organises support groups at its centres across London, and holds regular events to make the lives of young Londoners – and their over-encumbered folks – that little bit better. 

Find out what Action for Children are doing in your area

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