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Should private money fund early intervention?

Could private investment help to give our society's poorest children the best start?

A report on early intervention published by Labour today says proposed social investment bonds could help save the state money while at the same time improving the futures of disadvantaged youngsters.

Toby Eccles, Development Director for Social Finance, is involved in a similar programme and tells the Today programme that it works, while Edward Melhuish, Professor of Human Development at Birkbeck College, University of London argues that "how we are going to assess the effectiveness of these programmes"

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