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Mums chores worth £33,000, reveals survey

A report released this week by insurance and pension company Legal and General estimated that the salary of the average mum in the south east of England would equate to £33,840 if they were paid for their domestic household chores, including childcare, cooking and food shopping, the highest in the country, and also spend around 71 hours a week helping the house to run smoothly.
Mums in the South West would earn £27,464 for the same amount of time, while dads in the same areas would earn £25,198 and £20,887.
The figures are based on the firms 2013 value of a parent report, which surveyed parents with at least one child aged 18 or under living with them and new and expectant mums.
The findings also revealed that the average cost of raising a child to the age of 18 is now £154,440, up 15 per cent from 2011, and the average day to day cost of raising a child is £8,580 per year.
Product director for Legal and General’s retail protection business, Bonnie Burns, said: “We all know what a herculean job most parents are doing bringing up their children.
“Our report highlights exactly how important that role is and the value all these odd jobs bring to a smooth running home.
“Most parents also underestimate the value of the unpaid work they do by a massive 55 per cent.”

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