Emma Lunn

The price of being single

The average cost of attending a wedding is £800 per couple, according to a press release from Nationwide which landed in my inbox earlier this week. The building society completely ignored the fact that single people attend weddings too.

Nationwide says wedding attendance costs can really mount up ‘especially if you’re going as a couple’. Er, no, you idiots, no no no. Simple calculations confirm going to a wedding solo costs loads more than going as a couple. Unless you can find a pal to split costs with, you’ll be stumping up for petrol, accommodation and a present all on your ownsome and out of a single salary.

To be fair Nationwide isn’t the only organisation which ignores or penalises single people: they’re all at it despite the fact about a third of UK households consist of just one person.

Just the other week I saw a headline that read: ‘Families to pay more for energy’. Brilliant, I thought. That won’t affect me because I am not part of a ‘family’ (well obviously I have parents, siblings and cousins and stuff, but that’s not what they mean). Further clicking revealed that energy bills were going up for everyone, not just families. ‘Households’ is the word you’re looking for, sub-editors.

Contrary to popular belief, being romantically unattached and childfree isn’t cheap. Arguably, single people contribute more to society than everyone else because they receive less back in terms of tax breaks and two-for-one perks.

Take the marriage tax break for example: it’s a tax on singledom. Married couples can transfer a proportion of their personal allowance (the amount you can earn tax-free each tax year) between them, saving up to £662 a year. How nice for them.

Bachelors, spinsters (I hate that word), serial shaggers and the plain picky are penalised financially in numerous other ways too, some more obvious than others.

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