I dont like how child benefit is without conditions so even those who are well off are entitled to it. We should focus on giving more money to the poorer families and to stop child poverty!
and for the record, here is the cost of looking after a child that I picked off a report. Its more expensive to look after children when they are younger. The 19-21 years increased cost is down to uni and other things mentioned above in this thread, its a good job child support isnt aimed at 21 year olds
* 1st year - £8,184
* Years 2 to 5 - £48,517 (£12,129 p.a. for these years)
* Years 6 to 11 - £48,595 (£8,099 p.a.)
* Years 12 to 18 - £43,992 (£6,285 p.a.)
* Years 19 to 21 - £36,746 (£12,249 p.a.)