|Parents who have children under the age of five are to get a Â£200 one-off payment from the government in an attempt to encourage better health and education.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown will lay out plans to adopt a scheme under which the worst-off households are offered "contracts out of poverty" to boost their quality of life.
The grant will be given to families that are failing to take up services offered by the Sure Start scheme, such as health jabs, help with children's reading and parenting.
Beginning on a trial basis in ten deprived areas next year, the government hopes to take the scheme nationwide in the future.
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