Families struggling as child costs rise

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Parents face a growing struggle as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to £148,000, research has found.

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said that the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 has gone up by 4 per-cent over the last year.

But the value of benefits for families and children only rose by 1%, and child benefit did not rise at all, tightening the squeeze on living standards.