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Cost of a child

In 2018, the additional basic cost of a child, from birth to age 18, was £75,147 for a couple family and £101,883 for a lone-parent family. If housing and childcare costs are added these rise to £150,753 and £183,335 respectively.

A couple with two children, both parents working full time on the minimum wage, only has 89 per cent of the income required to meet the family's minimum needs.

In London, the poverty rate doubles when housing costs are taken into account (from 14 per cent to 28 per cent).


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.

New CPAG research shows childhood getting more expensive

04 September 2012
As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation details the costs of meeting the minimum basic needs of a child in 2012.

New CPAG report on Cost of a Child

03 September 2012
Today we have published new research on the Cost of a Child. It is the first time research has been published to provide a robust anlysis of how much it costs to provide children with a minimum level of participation in society, as well as meeting basic needs like food, clothes and shelter.

Cost of a Child 2012

03 September 2012
At a time when many families are finding it hard to make ends meet, how much does it cost to bring up a child to meet their needs to a decent minimum standard?