Money worries are a top strain on relationships for people in the region

15 September 2015

An annual study of more than 6,000 people in the UK shows that money worries are a top strain on relationships for 61% of people living in the East Midlands region.

Published today by charities Relate, Relationships Scotland and Marriage Care,  The Way We Are Now 2015  is one of the biggest studies of its kind. It provides a window into the nation’s relationships – from couple and family life to sex, friendships and how we feel about our colleagues and bosses.

The study says that money worries are a critical issue in relationships, particularly for those with children. UK-wide, figures show that couples with children are far more likely to cite money worries as one of the biggest strains on their relationships (61%) compared to those without children (47%).

This finding is backed by Relate Bedfordshire and Luton where family finances are frequently discussed in our counselling rooms.

The research also paints a picture of families with young children feeling the squeeze. One in three parents of under-fives (32%) said childcare and bringing up children was one of the top three strains on relationships. In addition, 37% of those who were in full- or part-time employment agreed that work interferes with home life, personal life and caring responsibilities, compared to 27% of workers without children.

Angela Foll, CEO at Relate Bedfordshire and Luton, says: “This study provides a unique insight into the state of the nation’s relationships. It shows that, despite the improving economic climate, money worries still loom large for many – particularly those with children.

“Relationships are the lifeblood of a thriving society: supporting strong relationships should be everybody’s business. That is why we are calling for the Government to robustly implement its ‘Family Test’, forcing policy makers to think about the impact of new policies on families like those who took part in our study. We also suggest that anyone worried about the impact of financial pressures on their relationships opens up about what’s happening and gets some support if needed.”

The study also found that in the East Midlands region:

  • More than 1 in 10 (12%) of people said they have no close friends.
  • Less than 3 in 10 (29%) of people said that sex life and physical attraction are among the three most important factors in a relationship.
  • People said that sharing problems was one of the most important factors in showing commitment in a relationship (50% gave that response).
  • 22% of people said they have cheated on their partner.
  • More than 1 in 4 people (27%) said they have experienced the breakdown of their parents’ relationship.

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton offers information, advice and counselling for all stages of relationships. Visit for more information, or call 01234 356350.

To see the full research report, including infographics on each topic and methodology, visit




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