Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Centre for Research in Social Policy

Cost of a child

Woman with toddler

How much does it cost to bring up a child in the 21st century? This is not an easy calculation, and many different methods have been used. However, the Minimum Income Standard produces a stable approach to estimating the additional spending that families need to incur as a result of having children, if they are to maintain a minimum acceptable standard of living. Since 2012, Child Poverty Action Group fund CRSP to make this calculation on an annual basis.

Latest publication
Hirsch, D. (2018) The Cost of a Child in 2018  London: Child Poverty Action Group.


Centre for Research
in Social Policy

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