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The cost of a child in 2020

29 October 2020
The year 2020 has put unprecedented pressures on families bringing up children. Parents across the world have taken on new challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic in keeping their children healthy and safe as well as properly fed, educated and entertained at a time when they have been required to stay at home, and when many families’ livelihoods have been threatened. Our cost of a child report looks at what items families need to provide a minimum socially acceptable standard of living for their children in 2020.

Election 2017 manifesto

04 May 2017
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.

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

03 April 2017
New cuts limiting universal credit to the first two children in a family – starting Thursday April 6th - will push another 200,000 children below the official poverty line, new analysis by CPAG and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows. 

Consultation on exceptions to the two-child limit: CPAG's response

09 December 2016
CPAG has responded to the government's consultation on exceptions to the two child limit for payments of tax credits and universal credit. CPAG is opposed to the policy in its entirety, because it will deny children their entitlement to the support needed to provide a decent standard of living, and is expected to increase child poverty.

Cost of a child 2016

21 September 2016
How much does it cost to raise a child in 2016? This annual research from CPAG and Professor Donald Hirsch, Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, finds that parents working on the new higher minimum wage still cannot earn enough to provide an acceptable minimum standard of living for their children.

Lords' briefing on tax credit statutory instrument

26 October 2015
This briefing explains the impact of the government's plans to cut tax credits on working families and child poverty. CPAG is opposed to cuts to tax credits because they will damage work incentives and increase child poverty.

Uprating and the value of children’s benefits: Policy note December 2014

01 December 2014
This policy note considers the effect that uprating decisions have had on the real value of children’s benefits over the course of this parliament.

Corrections and clarifications briefing on Iain Duncan Smith's Today Programme interview on child poverty

16 April 2014
On March 26th 2014, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, was interviewed by Evan Davis on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4.

Parliamentary briefing on 'welfare cap' and Charter for Budgetary Responsibility

25 March 2014
At the Budget in March 2014, the government announced it would be amending the Charter for Budgetary Responsibility to implement a new 'welfare cap' policy.