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The Cost of a Child in 2019

04 September 2019
The latest report in our annual Cost of a Child series finds that the overall cost of a child up to age 18 (including rent and childcare) is £185,000 for lone parents (up 19% since 2012) and £151,000 for couples (up 5.5% since 2012). The gap between lone parents’ actual income and what they need to meet family needs has grown sharply.

Cost of a Child in 2018 released

20 August 2018
CPAG's latest Cost of a Child report shows what it costs to raise a child to age 18, based on what the public thinks is a minimum standard of living. The overall cost of a child (including rent and childcare) is £150,753 for a couple and £183,335 for a lone parent.

The Cost of a Child 2017

21 August 2017
Parents working full time on the ‘national living wage’ (NLW) are significantly short of the income needed to give children an acceptable minimum living standard – as defined by the public – and the shortfall will grow as inflation combines with the current freeze on benefits to put family budgets under new strain, CPAG's new report warns.

Cost of a child 2016

22 September 2016
Our annual cost of a child research finds that two parents working full-time on the minimum wage are still £50 a week short of what they need to raise their children at a minimum standard of living.

Cost of a child 2015

12 August 2015
We've just published our yearly research on the cost of raising a child. It finds a looming crisis for family finances.

The cost of a child in 2014

11 August 2014
Today we publish our third annual report ‘The Cost of a Child in 2014’, written by Donald Hirsch from the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University and funded by JRF

CPAG publish Cost of a Child 2013

16 August 2013
A new report published today by Child Poverty Action Group, with co-funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has found that the minimum costs needed for a decent childhood have risen 4% in the last year.

Why we should help parents with the cost of children

04 September 2012
Our new report The Cost of a Child in the Twenty-First Century reveals how life changes profoundly as a result of having children.

New CPAG report on Cost of a Child

03 September 2012
Today we have published new research on the Cost of a Child. It is the first time research has been published to provide a robust anlysis of how much it costs to provide children with a minimum level of participation in society, as well as meeting basic needs like food, clothes and shelter.