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The cost of a child is not just about the size of a parent’s wallet

By Donald Hirsch


Donald Hirsch presents research into the true cost of a child and whether state benefits are enough to help low income families meet the cost. It found that on average it costs about £80,000 to bring a child up to age 18 before paying for childcare, but that working families requiring full-time childcare would require an additional £60,000 for this purpose. The bad news is that there has been a fall in the adequacy of basic benefits, making it more difficult for low-income families

Topics: JA Political science (General)
Publisher: Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science
Year: 2012
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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