Wiganers spend an average £22 on a first date

Wigan singletons are having their love life affected by 'dating poverty', with the average resident only able to afford to spend £22 on a date, a new survey has suggested.

Saturday, 10th March 2018, 8:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st March 2018, 11:35 am
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A new survey carried out by glowing-embers.co.uk found that the average amount Brits can afford to spend on a date is the princely sum of £22.22.

Those in the North West spend £22.33, meaning Wiganers are romantic enough to shell out 11p more than the national average in a bid to woo someone.

And while it might seem like a tight budget, consider that Londoners only spend £1.05 more on a date night than those from Wigan – money which won’t go anywhere near as far in the capital.

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The region most affected by date poverty, though, is the South West. Singletons living in the likes of Bristol and Dorset can only afford £19.44 on a date.

That could include bus fares to and from the cinema, but not much else.

The region second most affected by date poverty is Wales, who can just about stretch to £19.55.

However, those living in the South East are positively minted in comparison to the overall UK average, to the tune of £24.86.

Meanwhile, the West Midlands aren’t looking too shabby either, with £23.83 in their pocket to flash around.

Overall, times are so tough that it can even lead to not going on a date at all. The survey found one in 10 Brits actually cancels dates due to a lack of funds. And nearly half of single people (45.9 per cent) would be put off dating someone if that person were unable to afford to go on a date.

To find out more about how much Wiganers spend on a date, visit glowing-embers.co.uk/blog/dating-poverty-uk