The costs of providing a child’s basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, are rising faster than the government can keep up with, according to a study by the Resolution Foundation.
The Foundation, which has previously said Britain is failing its poorest citizens by failing to adequately fund childcare, said more than a quarter of parents were paying more than the NHS threshold to care for a child.
The report by the charity, released on Tuesday, said a third of families were paying an extra £500 a year in child care costs.
It also said many more parents were not paying enough, with a third saying they had already spent £300 a year.
The research found a growing number of families with children aged five to seven were paying for care beyond what the NHS could provide.
While the average family paid £1,200 a year to cover a child, the average cost for an older child was £1.2 million a year, the charity found.
There were more than 1.5 million families with more than one child in England and Wales in the fourth quarter of last year.
That was the highest rate in a decade.
“In 2017, more than 40% of children were not receiving the basic needs allowance that they are entitled to under the National Health Service,” the report said.
“Many of these families are still struggling to put their children through school or to get their house in order. “
“And when they do manage to put that together, it’s not always a smooth process.” “
The report said the average number of hours a child was in care in England increased from 14 hours in 2016 to 15 hours in 2017. “
And when they do manage to put that together, it’s not always a smooth process.”
The report said the average number of hours a child was in care in England increased from 14 hours in 2016 to 15 hours in 2017.
The charity said parents needed to make sure they got the right support.
“It is vital that children are not left in care unnecessarily, and we need to tackle the issues of oversupply of carers and overpayment,” said Jenny McAlpine, policy director at the foundation.
“The NHS is not funded at the rate that we would like it to be and it’s important that the system is working to get people back to work and on their feet.”
That is why we are calling for a national debate on the way in which we should provide better childcare for young people.