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More money for pre-6s

Governments should invest more money on children in the first six years of their lives, according to the first ever report on child well- being by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Doing Better for Children, which reported on 30 of its member countries, found that the OECD average for public spending on children up to the age of six was $30,000 (pound;18,390) - although it was as low as $20,000 (pound;12,260) in the United States itself. On average, 40 per cent of spending on children went to the over-11s.

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