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Education and childcare

Helping families into work is a crucial part of ending child poverty, but childcare - which enables many to work - is the single most expensive item in the budgets of many families with small children. Our Cost of a Child research found that the cost of childcare jumped by 42 per cent between 2008 and 2014, over twice the official inflation rate.

We need a national childcare strategy that offers 30-hours of free, high-quality childcare universally. In addition, extended schools should provide comprehensive out-of-school and holiday childcare from 8am-6pm.

Find out about our Cost of the School Day project

Find out about our work on extended schools

Briefings and reports

London Calling: "Stretched too far"

This report pulls together the views and experiences shared by parents and young people in the capital during the first year of the London Calling project. It looks at the key barriers to a good quality of life for children and families living on a low income in London in 2021, examines the effect of the pandemic on these barriers, and sets out what CPAG’s panel of low-income parents in London want the future to look like for themselves and their families.

The Cost of a Child in London

This report draws on evidence from studies of minimum household costs in London to comment on the size of differences in children’s costs in various categories. This analysis builds on new research on a ‘Minimum Income Standard for London’.

News

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.

Raising a child in London

08 September 2015
London childcare costs leave many parents on the minimum wage little or no better off for working more, a new report warns.

Hard Work: parental employment in London

01 September 2015
Our new report looks at parental employment rates in London, and what can be done to make working a better option for parents in the capital.

Blogs

Does the cap fit? Researching the benefit cap’s effect on paid work

30 March 2021
Official statistics released today show that the number of households subject to the benefit cap has increased again. 180,000 households were capped in November 2020, up from 170,000 in August 2020.

Women in the pandemic: experiences from Covid Realities

08 March 2021
This time last year the odds were already stacked against women. Women are more likely to be in insecure, low paid employment; women are more likely to be in poverty; and women carry out more unpaid work than men. It seemed certain the pandemic would make inequality more pronounced. But how have things panned out? Twelve months later we want to share the experiences of low-income women who are part of the Covid Realities project.

Families hit harder because nothing for children in Covid-19 response

12 May 2020
Covid-19 has clearly had a massive impact on household incomes in the UK. Millions of people have lost their job and millions more have been furloughed. It will take a while to understand the complete effect of Covid on household incomes but some initial quantitative findings can help shed light on the effect of the pandemic on families.