One in three millennials say they NEVER want to have children as the UK birth rate continues to fall

It’s about the age when those of us without children can start to wonder if we’ve left things too late.

But the ticking biological time bomb doesn’t seem to worry a number of childless 35 to 41-year-olds – and a third say they never intend to become parents.

And another one in five of the group admit they «probably» won’t have children.

As the UK birth rate continues to fall, researchers surveyed thousands of people aged 18 to 59 on topics ranging from partnerships to marriage to fertility history.

They found that less than half of younger millennials — those between the ages of 25 and 34 — said they definitely or probably intended to have a child.

Less than half of younger millennials — ages 25 to 34 — say they definitely or probably plan to have a child (Stop Image)

Among childless older millennials aged 35 to 41, more than half believe they will not become parents – with many citing concerns about the environment and the world they would bring a child into.

Women’s fertility begins to decline around age 35, while male fertility begins to decline from around age 40.

Among younger adults aged 18 to 24, there was also a sizable group of 15 percent who said they definitely did not have a child. Another 11 percent of Gen Z said they probably don’t intend to have a child, while 22 percent weren’t sure.

Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris of the University of Southampton, who led the UK’s Generations and Gender Survey, said people may have been putting off having children because of concerns about the future of the planet.

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But she added: “While environmental concerns are a factor for older millennials, our study suggests this is not the case for Gen Z.

«It could be because some younger people don’t intend to have children for other reasons, or it could be that Generation Z, who would like to have children, are more worried about the planet their children will inherit.»

The researchers also looked at the percentage of household income spent on child care and found that for lower-income households it typically represented 20 to 30 percent of their income, while for higher-income households it was around 10 percent.

The researchers also looked at the percentage of household income spent on childcare. Pictured: The Mummy March protest in London in October 2022

A fifth of parents used only formal childcare, such as crèches or nannies, while a quarter of parents relied solely on the help of parents, relatives or friends.

A third of parents did not use any childcare at all, and this group most often included those with the lowest incomes.

Childcare costs an average of £560 a month, with a quarter paying more than £800 and 15 per cent more than £1,000, the study found.

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