Table 2

Social costs of a pregnancy

Expenditure 2011 (£millions)Average cost per eligible recipientAverage cost per woman delivering
Working Tax & Child Tax Credit20£22 309£5638£1847
Child benefit21£12 283£1065£1065
Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)22£1934£4972£2911
Housing benefit costs23£20 130£4760£523
Maternity allowance24£301£1592£453
Social security25£82£590£124
Sure start maternity grants26£66£500£99
Council tax rebates23£4291£730£73
Total£7095