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Children's benefits and cost of living

We know from our Cost of a Child research that even when two parents work full time on the minimum wage, a family will be £50 a week short of the income they need to meet the basic costs of raising a child. The cost of living is rising, wages are not. Two-thirds of poor children live in working families.

Compounding this squeeze on family incomes are benefit freezes and cuts. These freezes and cuts mean the link has been broken between what families need to give their children a decent quality of life, and the support they get.

Briefings

Election 2017 manifesto

Today, children are already twice as likely to be poor as pensioners. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, child poverty is set to soar to 5.1 million children by 2022 – a 42 per cent rise over ten years.

Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into the Benefit Cap - CPAG's response

CPAG has responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into the Benefit Cap, drawing in large part on evidence from our Early Warning System on the impact of the cap on families with children. 

Reports

The Cost of a Child in 2018

Our 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 in 2017

Our Cost of a Child in 2017 report calculates the cost of raising a child in the UK based on the minimum income standard (MIS).

Poverty and child health: views from the frontline

This report, published by CPAG and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, reveals the devastating impact of poverty on children's health as seen by doctors working at the frontline. Of a survey of over 250 paediatricians, two-thirds believe that poverty and low income contribute 'very much' to ill health among the children they work with.

News

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.

Poverty is ‘making children sick’, say children’s doctors

11 May 2017
Poverty and low income is seriously affecting the health of UK children paediatricians are warning. Our survey with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) found almost half of paediatricians who reponded say the problem is getting worse. 

Two-child limit will see 200,000 more children in poverty

03 April 2017
Limiting universal credit payments to two children per family will push another 200,000 more children under the official poverty line once universal credit fully bites. The biggest group affected will be working families with three kids

Blogs

The ‘poverty premium’: a pernicious double whammy

19 September 2018
The proposed new poverty measure released this week by the Social Metrics Commission showed that whether or not you’re in poverty is determined by your income and your costs: not having enough resources to meet your essential costs is a defining feature of poverty.

We can all agree: children deserve our support

20 August 2018
Politicians are always concerned about public opinion, and they often seek to shape it. But, despite their efforts, we know that public policy and public opinion do not always match, and two pieces of recent research illustrate this clearly.

Old-fashioned kinds of poverty affecting child health

12 May 2017
It’s nearly a year since the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health first joined forces with Child Poverty Action Group to explore the links between poverty and children’s health. We know that four million children in the UK live in poverty, and we know that there is a demonstrable link between social disadvantage and poor health outcomes...