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Scotland's Baby Box Scheme

Geoff Riley

7th January 2017

The Scottish Government is committing to spending £6m a year to roll out their Baby Box scheme.

It is a simple concept first used in Finland that every new born baby should be given an initial endowment of basic products including clothing, bedding and toys. In essence it is a universal benefit in kind and - so the government hopes - a subtle nudge for Mothers to attend post-natal classes and receive extra advice and help.

Is this a timely intervention to promote maternal and new born baby health? Or are there better alternatives to support those crucial weeks and months after birth?

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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