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.