Family payments: a cautionary tale for policy makersBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1134 (Published 06 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1134
- Patricia J Lucas, lecturer in early childhood studies1
- 1School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TZ
Much observational evidence shows that children in wealthier families are healthier and have improved life chances.1 2 3 However, a cautious approach should be taken to adopting conditional payments as a means to increase family wealth and children’s wellbeing.
Ashcroft et al (doi 10.1136/bmj.a1135) rightly call for empirical as well as moral reasoning to be considered when judging the …