Supporting families

The financial costs and benefits of children since 1975

Stuart Adam and Mike Brewer

Supporting families
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Stuart Adam and Mike Brewer

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

88 pages | © 2004
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781861345714 Published January 2004 For sale in North and South America only
How governments should direct money to families with children is a constant topic of political debate. But the complexity of the ever-changing tax and benefits system makes its overall impact on families anything but transparent, and trends in government support for children hard to distinguish. This report provides a comprehensive, quantitative analysis of trends in child-contingent support from the mid 1970s to the introduction of the new tax credits, and relates this to changes in tax and benefit policy, the characteristics of households with children, and the costs of raising children.

Methods and definitions: what is child-contingent support and how do we model it?
Financial support for children in the UK since 1975
The changing structure of support for children since 1975
The costs of children
Comparing the costs and benefits of children

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