Attitudes to spending on children

Sue Middleton, Karl Ashworth and Robert Walker

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child asserts 'the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development'.

Taking this definition, almost 200 mothers, from all socio-economic groups, agreed a minimum standard, the costs of which exceeded current benefit levels by between 11 and 56 per cent depending on the age of the child. The study involved separate discussions with groups of mothers and (unrelated) children as part of a developmental study at the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University.

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