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Girls losing out in pocket money stakes

AFP, LONDON

British girls receive on average £0.77 a week less pocket money than boys — a sharp jump in the pay gap since last year, according to a study published by the Halifax bank on Friday.

On average, boys aged between eight and 15 receive £6.93 (US$10.06) per week compared to £6.16 for girls of a similar age.

However, boys are more likely (44 percent) than girls (39 percent) to think they should receive more.

The pocket money gender gap has soared from last year, when boys received on average £6.25 and girls £6.14 — a £0.11 difference, according to the Halifax survey of 1,202 children and 575 parents.

Women in Britain on average earn 19.2 percent less than men, according to official statistics.

Critics argue that using average pay and bonuses does not take into account differences in occupations, positions, education, career breaks to have children, job tenure or hours worked per week.

According to recent official figures, British women between the ages of 22 and 29 earn on average £1,111 per year more than men, but begin earning less once they hit their 30s.

The Halifax survey also found that British children now receive £6.55 per week on average from their parents, a nine-year high and an increase of almost 6 percent over the last year.

Children in London receive the most (£8.21), and those in East Anglia the least (£4.96).

“Some parents are clearly not feeling the pinch in the same way as they have done in recent years, when weekly pocket money dipped as low as £5.89,” Halifax Savings head Giles Martin said.

“It’s likely it’ll be a few more years until we reach the dizzy heights of £8.37 in 2005 though, when we saw the highest average pocket money since our records began,” he added.

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