The government are floating the idea of giving pregnant mothers a £120 grant when they are seven months pregnant in order to buy healthy food.
The problem is that this will be open to everyone, so millionaires will also get the money, and the government will have no control over whether the money is spent on healthy food or cigarettes and alcohol. Perhaps it might pay for some drugs, who knows, least of all the government.
So what is the point in it ?
If we had received £120 when my wife was seven months pregnant, we would not have earmarked it for healthy food. Our diet is already very healthy. So it might have gone in to our savings or have been spent on other baby things. Some will say that that is another good reason for being given £120 at that time. It may well be, but the government have specifically said this money is being targeted to provide mothers with the chance to spend it healthy food.
Like child trust funds it is another plan designed by Labour as a gimmick which has not been thought through. I'd rather this money were targeted or means tested or spent on education or even the NHS, with particular emphasis on it being spent on promoting healthy food in schools. As it is, the policy is daft.