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'I don't think I can cope financially' – the people putting off parenthood because of austerity

By Sarah Marie Hall, Reader in Human Geography, University of Manchester
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Britain’s birth rates are plunging. The number of babies being born has been in steep decline since 2017. Now, researchers are investigating early signs that the pandemic may have caused rates to drop even further.

This is not totally surprising given the difficult economic conditions that have come with the pandemic – history also shows that economic uncertainty has long been associated with reduced…

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