Peers call for guaranteed minimum income to lift children out of poverty

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 05 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c773
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    The government must introduce minimum income standards in its Child Poverty Bill if it is to succeed in lifting children out of poverty and improve the long term health of the nation.

    An amendment to the bill, introduced at the parliamentary committee stage last month in the House of Lords by Ilora Finlay, a cross bencher and immediate past president of the Royal Society of Medicine, calls on the government to take into account recent research that estimates the minimum weekly cost of a healthy diet for pregnant mothers.

    The research cited by Baroness Finlay, by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that the minimum amount needed for adequate nutrition is …

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