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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.

Programme for Scottish Government 2016-2021

08 April 2016
The next Scottish Government will be confronted with an imminent rise in child poverty, with a projected 50% increase by 2020 largely driven by UK tax and benefit policies. With this in mind our programme for government sets out a range of measures aimed at prioritising the eradication of child poverty in Scotland and minimising its damaging effects on children, families, services and the country’s economy. Read CPAG in Scotland's Programme for Scottish Government 2016 - 2021 here.

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.

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.

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. 

The benefits versus services debate: our view

15 May 2013
Do investments in services such as children’s centres reduce child poverty more effectively than supporting families' incomes?

CPAG publishes report on benefits uprating bill

07 January 2013
A new report reveals that the government’s welfare benefit uprating legislation is based on bogus claims and is a poverty-producing bill that will further exclude the poorest workers, jobseekers, carers and disabled people from the mainstream of society.

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.