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The cost of a child

Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)
How much does it cost to bring up a child, free of material hardship and social disadvantage, in the UK today? How should these costs be measured and what costs should be included? And how adequate is the benefits system in meeting the cost of children?

CPAG response to PM's Conservative Party conference speech: ‘Rising child poverty the real cap on aspiration for children’

10 October 2012
Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Rising child poverty will be the real cap on aspiration for an increasing number of children in the coming years...

Benefits uprating plans would break the link with decency

18 September 2012
Commenting on reports that the Treasury is examining plans to freeze benefits for two years and de-link benefit levels from rises in earnings or inflation, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "Breaking the link between benefits and living standards would be breaking the link with decency...

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.

Building public support to fight child poverty - how you can help

22 June 2012
In a guest blog for CPAG, Katharine Round, director of new film The Spirit Level, argues that an important relationship exists between inequality and child poverty.

Experts warn massive reductions in UK child poverty may be reversed by Coalition

11 June 2012
The child poverty approach pursued between 1998 and 2010 was broad-based, made a significant and long-lasting difference to families with children and reduced child poverty on a scale and at a pace unmatched by other industrial nations during the period.

Rethinking Child Poverty - our response

29 May 2012
Today we had a taste of the debate we’re going to hear more about in the coming weeks – whether the Coalition government should move the goalposts when it comes to measuring child poverty.

Recession never went away for many families

08 May 2012
Commenting on today’s announcement by ONS of the first quarter economic data, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The economy may now be back in a technical recession but the truth is that for many families with children the recession had never gone away as they have endured a miserable few years coping with rising living costs, job losses, wage freezes and cuts in social protection...