Donald Hirsch

  • The cost of a child in 2014

    August 2014

    Today we publish our third annual report ‘The Cost of a Child in 2014’, written by Donald Hirsch from the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University and funded by JRF. It draws on the Minimum Income Standard project (MIS) to establish how much families need to cover their basic needs like food, clothes and shelter, and to participate in society.

  • The financial cost of child poverty


    Current levels of child poverty in the UK cost the country at least £29 billion a year – or £1,098 per household – according to this new research commissioned by CPAG.

  • An estimate of the cost of child poverty in 2013

    June 2013

    The high levels of child poverty in the UK are currently costing the country at least £29 billion a year – or £1,098 per household – according to new research by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University.

  • Spending review letter to the Chancellor


    CPAG points out that child poverty has economic as well as human costs in a letter to George Osborne, the Chancellor, in the run-up to the Spending Review.

  • The cost of a child

    Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)

    How much does it cost to bring up a child, free of material hardship and social disadvantage, in the UK today? How should these costs be measured and what costs should be included? And how adequate is the benefits system in meeting the cost of children? Donald Hirsch draws on his latest work to provide some answers.

  • Benefit uprating: a return to human decency?

    Issue 141 (Spring 2012)

    In tough economic times, public debate can sometimes become more understanding of the plight of the worst off, but at other times show elements of mean-spirited selfishness. Nowhere has the latter response been more evident than in recent debates about the uprating of benefits.

    Here, Donald Hirsch reviews the principles on which benefits have been uprated in the past. He argues that we must stop lowering the absolute living standards of the least well off families in the country by linking uprating to what we think the country can afford and instead re-establish the principle of human decency, linking benefit uprating to a concept of fairness.

  • IMF warn economic inequality is threat to the economy

    April 8, 2014
    press release

    In the new World Economic Outlook published today by the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s Economic Counsellor, warns that the effect of inequality on economic progress is set to become a central problem.

    Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “The IMF warning is an important reminder that reducing inequality and ending poverty is essential to a strong economy.

    “We always put children first in family life, and there’s good evidence to suggest that by doing the right thing for Britain’s children we can benefit the economy too.

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  • Parents struggling to meet no-frills family costs as crisis in family finances looms

    August 12, 2015
    press release

    Parents working on the minimum wage are on the brink of a new crisis in family finances that will leave many stranded when it comes to meeting no-frills family costs, warns a new report produced by Loughborough University’s Donald Hirsch for Child Poverty Action Group.

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