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Wales likely to introduce Finnish baby box idea

10 Sep 2018, 23:13 ( 10 Sep, 2018)

DF Report
Finnish baby box. Photo source: National social insurance agency (Kela)

Plans to give new parents a free goody box of essential items will be considered if Mark Drakeford becomes Wales' next first minister, reported British Broadcasting Corporation.

Baby boxes originated in Finland, where the scheme has been in operation since the 1930s.

A maternity grant was divided among low-income mothers in Finland in 1937 but from 1949, every new mother in the country receives the maternity package.

Baby bundles, similar to those launched across Scotland in 2017, would contain things such as clothes and blankets, presented in a Moses basket, said the BBC report.

Drakeford, who hopes to succeed Carwyn Jones as Labour's next leader in Wales, would welcome a bundle pilot.

Drakeford, who was health minister between 2013 and 2016, said it would fit with Welsh Labour's drive to tackle poverty and infant health issues, the BBC report added.

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