Cost of a child

How much does it cost to bring up a child in the 21st century? The ongoing Minimum Income Standard research provides the basis for a stable approach to estimating the additional spending that families would incur as a result of having children, if they are to maintain a minimum, socially acceptable standard of living. Since 2012, Child Poverty Action Group fund CRSP to make this calculation on an annual basis.

Similar analysis and calculations have been made about the Cost of a Child in Scotland and London.

Latest publication

Stone, J. and Padley, M. (2023) The Cost of a Child in 2023. London: Child Poverty Action Group.

Previous publications

The previous Cost of a Child reports can be found on the Publications page of our website and below.

Hirsch, D. (2022) The Cost of a Child in 2022 London: Child Poverty Action Group.
Hirsch, D. and Lee, T. (2021) The Cost of a Child in 2021 London: Child Poverty Action Group.