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The Cost of a Child in 2019

04 September 2019
Our annual Cost of a Child report this year 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: lone parents working full time for the so-called national living wage ('NLW') are 21% (£80 a week) short of what they need – after paying for rent, childcare and council tax - a gap that has more than doubled from 10% since 2012.

Early Warning System report on universal credit and childcare costs

20 August 2019
Financial support to low income families to pay for childcare through working tax credits is being replaced by the childcare element of universal credit. This Early Warning System report examines the impact of this change on parents and childcare providers.

The Cost of a Child in 2017

16 August 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).

Programme for government, 2015-2020

07 April 2015
The 2015 government faces a child poverty crisis: by 2020, there are predicted to be 700,000 more children in poverty than there were in 2010. Our programme for government sets out six steps the government can take to face up to this crisis.

The cost of a child in 2014

18 August 2014
Today we publish our third annual report ‘The Cost of a Child in 2014’, written by Donald Hirsch from the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University and funded by JRF.

The Cost of a Child in 2013

14 August 2013
This report shows parents struggled more than ever to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013. This is the second in a series of annual reports on the cost of bringing up a child in the UK. 

The Double Lockout: How low income families will be locked out of fair living standards

16 January 2013
This report, published on the eve of the second reading of the Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill 2012-13, reveals that the government’s welfare benefit uprating legislation is based on bogus claims and is a poverty-producing bill that will further exclude the poorest workers, jobseekers, carers and disabled people from the mainstream of society.

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?