The public service costs of child poverty

Glen Bramley and David Watkins

This report estimates the costs of child poverty to the Exchequer, focusing on public service costs.

The extra cost to public services of the existence of child poverty.

This report estimates the costs of child poverty to the Exchequer, focusing on public service costs.

It includes:

  • services provided to individuals or families on a basis of need or demographic eligibility, including education, most health services, subsidised housing and social care services;
  • services which provide local 'public goods' such as policing and the criminal justice system;
  • area-based regeneration initiatives and more general supplementary expenditure targeted on deprived neighbourhoods.

This is one of three specially commissioned reports linked to the Roundup 'Estimating the costs of child poverty'.

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