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 and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have funded CRSP to make this calculation on an annual basis.

Latest publication
Hirsch, D. (2016) Cost of a Child in 2016.  London: Child Poverty Action Group.


Centre for Research
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