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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 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.

Condition of Britain published by IPPR

19 June 2014
The Labour leader Ed Miliband has spoken at an event today to launch the IPPR's major report The Condition of Britain and to give further details of the Labour Party's policy.

Budget 2014: CPAG reaction

19 March 2014
Child Poverty Action Group responded positively to announcements of increased investment in childcare cost support through Universal Credit. But we believe that overall the Budget has done too little to help families and will lock-in austerity cuts for the long-term.

Ministers publish new child poverty strategy consultation

27 February 2014
After a long wait, the government's consultation on a new child poverty strategy for 2014-2017 has arrived amid internal government squabbles on what the targets should be.

CPAG letter to Chancellor: use Autumn Statement to improve childcare support

03 December 2013
Our Chief Executive Alison Garnham has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking him to increase investment in support for childcare costs through universal credit in his Autumn Statement. 

Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission publishes first annual progress report

17 October 2013
The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has released its first annual report on the government's progress reducing child poverty and increasing social mobility. The report says the Coalition's child poverty strategy is failing.

CPAG complaint wins BBC Trust ruling on controversial benefits broadcast

30 July 2013
Following a complaint by CPAG, the BBC Trust has ruled that the programme The Future State of Welfare with John Humphrys, broadcast in October 2011, breached accuracy and impartiality rules.

Spending Review reaction from CPAG

26 June 2013
The Chancellor George Osborne announced spending proposals for the year 2015/16 this afternoon. CPAG is deeply alarmed at cuts to benefits for jobseekers that will mean more of them are sent to foodbanks almost as a matter of policy.