Well, yes, OK:
It costs £200,000 to raise a child from birth to the age of 21 – which equates to about £800 a month.
Sure, no doubt.
Dr Katherine Rake, chief executive of the FPI, said: \”I think the cost of raising a child has a lot to do with the cost of childcare. The amount of affordable childcare is still limited and as a result people have to significantly adjust their working patterns. So the cost in terms of lost earnings is even bigger, especially for women.\”
As she says.
Rake argued that one of the best measures of how supportive policies are of parents is to what extent society shares the cost of raising children.
Umm, hang on a minute. Having \”more affordable child care\”, ie, having state subsidised child care, doesn\’t make those costs go away. All we\’ve done is shift them. From women not going to work in order to care for their children onto other women going to work in order to care for other women\’s children.
We\’ve still got the same amount of child care going on and given the cost of providing different buildings etc for it all to take place in we might well find that it costs more in total as well. Especially once we start adding the layers of bureaucracy which state provision seems to entail.
It isn\’t immediately obvious that paying people to do childcare is cheaper than the loss of earnings from people doing their own childcare (it might be, this is true, given the division and specialisation of labour, but that\’s something which needs to be proven, not assumed).
The report finds that many families are pushed into poverty as a result of having children.
*Shrug*. Have children, be poor, don\’t have children, don\’t be poor. Hey, your life, your genes, you make the decision. Quite why other people should be made poor through taxation as a result of your decision to perpetuate your genes is somewhat difficult to determine.